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The 21-floor administrative tower of the state Capitol in Bismarck glows in this winter scene. With a metal sculpture of Cortes the horse on the right, the tower is flanked by the Legislative wing, left, and the Judicial wing, right, as part of the 132-acre complex. The Art Deco-designed Capitol was completed in 1934 after the previous Capitol structure was lost to fire on Dec. 28, 1930.

North Dakota senators on Friday unanimously passed a bill for a statewide missing persons' database.

The bill now goes to Gov. Doug Burgum. 

Rep. Ruth Buffalo, D-Fargo, originally brought House Bill 1313 to track missing and murdered indigenous persons.

The House Judiciary Committee expanded the bill with an amendment to include all missing persons in the state.

"This legislation would create a North Dakota database with more detailed information for all missing people, indigenous and non-indigenous people, giving our law enforcement more tools to ascertain patterns to follow, higher likelihood of potential arrests and/or prevention or recovery of persons or bodies of missing people," said Sen. Janne Myrdal, R-Edinburg, who carried the bill. 

The Senate voted 44-0 on the bill. 

Senators last week also unanimously passed House Bill 1311 for law enforcement training related to missing and murdered indigenous persons. 

That bill has also been sent to Burgum. 

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Reach Jack Dura at 701-223-8482 or jack.dura@bismarcktribune.com.

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