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Bill on missing, murdered indigenous women unanimously passes Arizona house

The bill would form a task force on the subject
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Posted at 4:57 PM, Mar 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-11 19:57:01-04

TUCSON, Ariz. — Arizona could soon form a task force to tackle the subject of missing and murdered indigenous women in Arizona.

A bill to do just that passed the state House of Representatives unanimously Monday. It will still have to pass the Senate and receive a signature from the governor to become law.

The bill calls for representatives from the Attorney General's office, Department of Public Safety Director, victim advocates, law enforcement officers and American Indian tribes in Arizona to figure out how to track and reduce violence against indigenous women in the state.

A recent report from the Urban Indian Health Institute studied the subject, including 31 cases in Tucson.