Originally published for WQOW/ EIN Newswire
State lawmakers introduced a bipartisan bill to create a task force on missing and murdered African American women and girls.
According to data collected by the CDC, the rate of femicide among the African American population is four times the rate of femicide in the White and Hispanics population.
State Senator Jesse James of Altoona said this new bill would create an opportunity to explore the forces behind these statistics.
“We will know the why this is happening. We will be able to get some practices and policies in place, along with potential procedures in place. Maybe there is a way that we are not dealing with this appropriately. It comes down to protecting our families, protecting our children, and protecting our mothers who take care of our children,” Senator James said.
Senator James said the bill is currently in government operations, with lawmakers waiting for a hearing to be scheduled.