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'Molly's Bill' gaining momentum in MA legislature

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The Bish family knows the pain behind losing someone they love. When 16-year-old Molly Bish was taken in 2000, they mourned, but ever since then, they've fought to help others and hopefully prevent heartbreak like theirs from happening again.

"For us I think the element of safety is still the most important thing, to know that we could do something in Molly's name," said Magi Bish, Molly's mother.

That's where Molly's Bill comes in. Also known as the EZ-ID bill, it would use universally recognized symbols like stars and hearts combined with letters to make license plates significantly easier to recognize as a vehicle is escaping a crime scene.

"You could just look at the car and be able to get the entire plate in just one shot," said the bill's creator, Gary Richard.

Statistics show time could mean life or death for an abducted child. Currently, less than 1 percent of crimes involving a car are solved with a license plate. Now with the support of groups like the Police Chiefs of New England and Springfield, Boston and Worcester's city councils, that statistic could change.

"Any life we can save, we truly expect statistics to change," said Richard.

After a seven-year-long legislative battle, Molly's Bill is finally getting the recognition it needs to become law by May 30, Missing Children's Day, a fitting addition to Molly's legacy.

"She was so conscientious and worried about protecting the kids and making sure that they were safe, so I think that this is a wonderful reflection on my sister," said Molly's sister, Heather Bish.

The bill is also gaining momentum in states like Rhode island and Connecticut.

Next week, Magi Bish and the bill's creator are meeting with Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo.

To learn more about Molly's Bill, click here.

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