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Steve Ruark, Associated Press
Monique Smith, left, of Baltimore, a childhood victim of abduction, speaks during a news conference about a bill Maryland Del. Jill P. Carter, center, plans to introduce, called the Missing Children's Act, that is aimed at improving the cooperation between state agencies and advocacy groups in solving missing persons cases Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012 in Annapolis, Md. Don L. Rondeau, an advocate for missing and endangered people, is standing at right.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A state delegate from Baltimore is proposing the creation of a plan that would kick-in whenever a Maryland child goes missing.

Delegate Jill Carter and missing persons advocates gathered Wednesday to discuss a bill aimed at improving cooperation between state agencies and advocacy groups that she plans to introduce this session.

"Phylicia's Law" is named in memory of North Carolina teen Phylicia Barnes, who disappeared in 2010 while visiting Baltimore and was found dead months later, spurring broader interest in missing persons cases.

The bill, still a draft, would require state officials to oversee efforts to find children and ensure that local law enforcement, missing children's organizations, experts and families work together. It would also have to publish the names and relevant information about missing children and annual statistics.