STATEHOUSE – State Representative Milo Smith (R-Columbus) co-authored legislation to increase public safety for Hoosier families. House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1216 requires the Superintendent of the Indiana State Police Department to provide a pamphlet that would be distributed to whoever reports a missing child. HEA 1216 was recently signed into law by the governor.
“For parents, having a child go missing can be an extremely difficult time, especially if very little guidance is provided about what to do next,” said Rep. Smith. “I believe this legislation offers hope to Hoosiers during a very difficult time as well as information that works to restore families, reuniting them with their child.”
In part, HEA 1216 seeks to make resources available for families dealing with cases of missing or trafficked children. This law requires the Superintendent of the Indiana State Police Department to prepare a pamphlet with information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Safeline. The pamphlet is to be distributed to every law enforcement agency in Indiana which will provide the informational pamphlet to anyone who reports a missing child.
“As a member of Family, Children and Human Affairs Committee, I am proud to work on this legislation and confident it will provide needed support and guidance during such a difficult time,” said Rep. Smith.