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September 3, 2010 > Calif bills aim to speed up kidnapping response

Calif bills aim to speed up kidnapping response

Submitted By AP Wire Service

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP), Aug 27 - The state Assembly has unanimously approved three bills aimed at speeding up law enforcement response when a kidnapping is reported.

The bills approved Friday were backed by Maurice Dubois, whose 14-year-old daughter, Amber, was murdered last year by a convicted sex offender.

AB33 supports uniform guidelines on how police should respond to missing persons reports.

A companion measure, AB34, requires the state's Violent Crime Information Center to send information about a reported abduction to a national tracking program within two hours; local law enforcement agencies also would face the same deadline to report to the state.

A third bill, AB1022, creates the position of a missing persons coordinator in the Justice Department.

Democrat Pedro Nava of Santa Barbara and Republican Paul Cook of Yucca Valley co-authored the bills.

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