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Bill Detail: SB22-095

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Title Improving Missing Person Investigations
Status Governor Signed (04/07/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
House Sponsors S. Gonzales-Gutierrez (D)
J. Bacon (D)
Senate Sponsors R. Fields (D)
D. Moreno (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 02/01/2022
Summary

The bill requires the division of criminal justice within the
department of public safety (department) to annually report to the general
assembly during the department's State Measurement for Accountable,
Responsive, and Transparent (SMART) Government Act hearings any
significant data, including trends over time, regarding missing person
cases in Colorado. The report must include specific information about
missing person cases involving women from minority communities,
which includes women from African-American, Black, Asian-American,

Pacific Islander, Indigenous and tribal, Hispanic, Latino, aging
population, disabled, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Under existing law, a law enforcement agency is required to accept
a missing person report submitted in person if the missing person resides
in the agency's jurisdiction or was last believed to be in the agency's
jurisdiction, and law enforcement agencies are encouraged to accept
reports by telephone or other electronic media. The bill requires any law
enforcement agency to accept a missing person report submitted in person
if the missing person is a Colorado resident or was last believed to be in
Colorado. The bill requires law enforcement agencies to accept a missing
person report by telephone or other electronic media if accepting the
report by those means is consistent with the agency's policies or practices.
Under existing law, a law enforcement agency that receives a
report of a missing adult must enter relevant information into state and
national databases and communicate with other law enforcement agencies
after the person has been missing for 24 hours or more. In the case of a
reported missing child, a law enforcement agency must notify the
Colorado bureau of investigation within 24 hours. The bill reduces those
times to within 8 hours in the case of a missing adult and within 2 hours
in the case of a missing child, and requires the law enforcement agency
to enter relevant information into the Colorado crime information center
database.
The bill requires a state or local agency that has legal custody of
a child who is missing to report the disappearance within 2 hours of
learning of the disappearance.

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