(Neb)-Brewer Bill For Study On Missing Native American Women Headed To Gov Listen
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Gordon Senator Tom Brewer's bill to help Nebraska policymakers identify missing-person cases involving Native American women won unanimous final approval Friday on a 45-0 vote.
Brewer says no one knows for sure how many such cases there are, with his bill intended to identify the scope of the problem and potential barriers to fixing it.
Brewer says the problem of track such cases is made worse by the fact that Native American women are more frequent targets of violence than other demographics.
Brewer's bill requires the Nebraska State Patrol to conduct a study on cases of missing Native American women cases, working with tribal and local law enforcement, Native American tribes, and American Indian organizations as well as the U.S. Department of Justice.
The patrol would submit a report to lawmakers by June 1 of next year with recommendations on how to make sure such cases are pursued and don't fall into limbo because multiple jurisdictions are involved.
The Unicameral on Friday also gave unanimous approval to a bill to strip cities of their power to ban short-term rentals such as Airbnb.
The bill still allows cities to tax short-term rentals and to regulate them for health and public safety purposes.
It also requires online short-term rental companies to enter into an agreement with the state to collect and pay the appropriate sales taxes.
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