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House Bill 21, otherwise known as Hanna's Act, failed to advance the Senate Judiciary Committee on a tied 5-5 vote. It has been tabled in the Committee. The bill would have created a missing persons specialist within the state Department of Justice to assist with the investigation of all missing persons cases.  Hanna's Act was named for a Native woman who was found murdered on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation, days after going missing. The bill was sent to the Senate on February 19th after passing with 99-0 votes in the House. Rep. Rae Peppers, the primary sponsor of the bill, is urging Senate Republicans to reconsider the bill.Governor Steve Bullock released a statement after the vote: “I’m deeply disappointed that some members of the legislature are failing to address a human rights crisis in Montana. We have a moral obligation to put fundamental policy in place to assist in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women epidemic. I hope that Republicans in the Senate Judiciary Committee will do the right thing and reconsider supporting Hanna’s Act."

WASHINGTON -  The Senate Judiciary Committee is set to vote at 1:30 p.m. on whether to recommend Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate. The chairman, Iowa Republican Chuck Grassley, announced the vote as the committee began its meeting.