Iowa Senate Panel Okays Bill to Aid Effort When Children Go Missing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Legislation designed to improve police response when children go missing has won Senate subcommittee approval.

Sponsor Sen. Jeff Danielson says Monday he hopes the bill would help prevent cases like occurred last summer, when two young cousins from Evansdale went missing July 13. Their bodies were found in December.

Under the proposal, the state sex offender registry would be updated with registrants ranked based on the risk they pose. The statute of limitations would be lifted on prosecuting the sex abuse of children, and funding would be offered to local law enforcement agencies who want to update public notification systems about missing children.

Cedar Falls resident Robin Arnold gathered 1,500 signatures in favor of legislation to improve the response to missing child cases. She testified in favor of the bill.

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