Assemblyman, 65th District
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 10, 2010
Governor to Sign Missing Children Bills
Sponsored by More Kids
SACRAMENTO – Assemblyman
Paul Cook (R-Yucca Valley) and Assemblyman Pedro
Nava (D-Santa Barbara) are pleased to announce
that Governor Schwarzenegger plans to sign their
major package of legislation dealing with
missing children and sex offenders.
The bill package sponsored by More Kids,
founded by Moe Dubois, the father of 14-year old
Amber Dubois, and Rebecca Smith, includes three
bills: AB 33, the Peace Officer Missing Child
Standards Act; AB 34, the Missing Child
Notification Protection Act; and AB 1022, the
Missing Persons Coordination Act
The legislation was
introduced after the tragic abduction, assault,
and murder of 14-year old Amber Dubois by known
sex offender John Gardner.
In a bipartisan effort, Assemblymembers
Cook and Nava joined with More Kids to work on a
package of bills that would help prevent
tragedies, such as that which befell Amber, from
The package of bills will overhaul law
enforcement training, response, and statewide
coordination and shorten the response timeframe
when children go missing, which will improve the
odds of a child being returned home safely.
Currently, there is often little
coordination between various agencies, and there
is no requirement that law enforcement agencies
have a plan in place when a child goes missing.
Said Moe Dubois, “We at
More Kids are very excited Governor
Schwarzenegger has announced that he intends on
signing into law all three of our proposed bills
aimed at improving the recovery of missing
children. These three bills are our first three
steps in efforts to provide the missing children
of California with the best possible opportunity
for a safe recovery.”
AB 33 disseminates the
California Peace Officers Standards and Training
Commission (POST)’s “Guidelines For Handling
Missing Persons Investigations” via a Department
of Justice (DOJ) bulletin and through the
California Law Enforcement Website. It
also directs POST to update their Guidelines For
Handling Missing Persons Investigations.
It requires law enforcement agencies to adopt a
checklist document for missing person
investigations, establish guidelines on missing
persons investigations, and utilize a missing
person reporting form (by January 1, 2012).
Finally, AB 33 directs the DOJ, through
the Violent Crimes Information Center (VCIC) to
create a list of possible suspects and provide
that list to law enforcement, in the event of a
suspected stranger abduction of a child.
AB 34 requires law
enforcement agencies to file credible missing
persons reports with the National Crime
Information Center and the California Violent
Crime Information Center within two hours of
receipt of the report.
It also allows the state Attorney General
to provide these important details to qualified
organizations that will provide valuable help in
finding missing persons.
These first hours are most important in
finding a missing person, and this bill will
allow the pertinent details of missing persons
to reach the federal level and the right people
in a timely manner.
AB 1022 creates the
position of a Missing Persons Coordinator within
the California Department of Justice. This new
director will assist law enforcement agencies
with the timely search and recovery of at-risk
abducted children; utilize existing resources
and expertise within the Attorney General’s
office to the extent possible; and maintain
up-to-date knowledge and expertise of protocols,
best practices and technologies that are most
effective for recovering missing children in a
Said Assemblymember Cook,
“I’m excited that the Governor will sign our
bills into law.
These bills are the most important pieces
of legislation that I have had the privilege of
working on during my time in Sacramento.
I want to thank Moe Dubois and Rebecca
Smith for their hard, dedicated work on these
They have been able to turn a horrible
tragedy into an opportunity to prevent tragedies
like this in the future.
As a parent, I believe our children will
be safer and better protected because of these
Said former prosecutor now
Assemblymember Nava, “I am very pleased that the
Governor has indicated that he will sign this
legislative package. As a parent, the idea that
someone would hurt my child makes me furious.
Make no mistake; there are monsters out there
that have no regard for human life. There is no
punishment harsh enough for someone who would
molest, brutalize and kill a child. Mr. Dubois
has transformed his loss in a way that benefits
all California’s families. For over a year he
visited police departments up and down this
state looking for ways to help find missing
kids. Time is your enemy when a child is
missing. These three bills reduce the amount of
time a child is missing. These three bills
represent his work and prayers.”
The Governor has not yet
indicated a date for signing the bills.
Assemblyman Paul Cook represents the Inland
Empire, including portions of Riverside and San