Rep. Joseph Sanchez’s Bill to Help Families of Missing Persons Passes House Floor Unanimously

Rep. Joseph Sanchez’s Bill to Help Families of Missing Persons Passes House Floor Unanimously

Named the “Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement”

Santa Fe – Today, Rep. Joseph Sanchez’s (D-Alcalde) bill to help families of missing persons passed the House of Representatives unanimously. House Bill 16 would require the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to share pertinent missing persons information with the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System, created by the United States Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice.

The “Mark Daniel Aguilar Information Sharing Requirement” would ensure a more thorough and connected process in helping to find missing persons. According to the National Missing and Unidentified Persons system, 600,000 persons go missing in the United States every year.

“Currently, our state’s missing persons information is not connected with the federal missing persons system,” said Rep. Joseph Sanchez. “I am sponsoring this important bill on behalf of the families across the state who have gone through the heart-wrenching experience of having a missing loved one.  I hope that this bill helps improve our efforts in reuniting missing persons with their families and I am pleased that this is the first bill I have passed through the House chamber. This bill is named in honor of Mark Daniel Aguilar, the brother of one of my constituents who went missing.”

The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration.