HELENA – Hanna’s Act, House Bill 21, has passed both chambers of the Montana legislature and is on its way to the governor’s desk.
The Montana House of Representatives passed the bill Tuesday with Senate amendments 96-1, with three members not voting.
The bill was created to address the missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis in Montana.
Gov. Steve Bullock has indicated he will sign the bill. The legislation will create a special position in the Montana Department of Justice to investigate all missing persons cases in the state.
The specialist will be responsible for managing the state missing person database and working with state, local, federal and tribal officials on those cases.
Bullock praised the passing of Hanna’s Act.
“I’m extremely pleased that Hanna’s Act is headed to my desk for signature. The missing and murdered Indigenous women epidemic is a crisis in Montana and throughout the country, and it’s long past due elected officials do what is right and seek justice for Native women, their families, and their communities,” said Bullock.
Story by John Riley, MTN News