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For Immediate Release: January 29, 2021

Sen. Bishop Sponsors Bill to Help Locate Missing Alaskans

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JUNEAU – Today, Senator Click Bishop, R-Fairbanks, introduced legislation to help locate missing persons in Alaska.  

Senate Bill 63 would allow a court to grant a family member or friend – on a temporary and limited basis only– access to view bank and phone records if they have reason to believe a loved one has gone missing.

“Successfully finding a missing person requires quick action,” said Sen. Bishop. “This bill will give the friends and family of a missing person the tools to begin searching immediately and share the information with law enforcement as necessary. I want to thank the Tanana Chiefs Conference which brought this proposal forward and asked for my help. I immediately agreed because I am very alarmed by the high number of people who have gone missing, especially in the Fairbanks area. I will continue to do everything in my power to help.”

A vigil was held Saturday in Fairbanks where hundreds of community members gathered to raise awareness of the high number of people who have recently gone missing, many of whom are Alaska Native.

“We thank Senator Bishop for introducing legislation which will significantly improve investigations of missing Alaskans,” said Chief PJ Simon, Chairman of the Tanana Chiefs Conference. “Today, the Senator’s bill sends a clear message that our missing family members matter. TCC will continue working with Senator Bishop to see that this bill is passed into law and our missing receive the attention and justice they deserve.”

SB 63 was referred to the following Senate committees: Health & Social Services, Judiciary, and Finance.

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Alaska Senate Majority

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