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Bill Detail: SB23-054

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Title Missing And Murdered Indigenous Relatives Office
Status Governor Signed (06/02/2023)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
  • State Government
House Sponsors E. Velasco (D)
L. Garcia (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Danielson (D)
House Committee Public and Behavioral Health & Human Services
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 01/17/2023

The bill requires the office of liaison for missing and murdered
Indigenous relatives (office) in the department of public safety
(department) to:
  • Conduct case reviews of violent or exploitative crimes
against an Indigenous person and publish a report about the
case reviews annually;
  • Communicate with relevant department divisions regarding
investigations in cases involving missing or murdered
Indigenous relatives;
  • Review sentencing ranges for crimes relating to missing or
murdered Indigenous relatives;
  • Develop, publicize, and offer training for victim advocates
who work on missing or murdered Indigenous relatives
cases; and
  • Designate one employee of the office to serve as a point of
contact for families in need of support regarding ongoing
or completed missing or murdered Indigenous relatives
The bill grants office personnel access to relevant criminal justice
records and medical, coroner, and laboratory records in the custody of
state or local agencies that are necessary for the office to perform its
duties. The bill permits the office to seek, accept, and expend gifts,
grants, or donations in order to carry out the office's duties and to provide
financial support to missing or murdered Indigenous relatives' families.
The bill requires the community volunteer advisory board within
the office (advisory board) to prepare an annual report that includes a
summary of the advisory board's work during the prior year, issues related
to missing or murdered Indigenous relatives, and a recommendation of
whether the office should remain in the department. The advisory board
is required to submit its report to the judiciary and state affairs
committees of the house of representatives and the senate.

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