Swansons watch Brandon’s Law signing

Gov. Pawlenty signs Brandon’s Law

Annette and Brian Swanson’s son has been missing for almost a year, but on Thursday they paused from their search watch a ceremony designed to help other Minnesotans.

The couple and their daughter, Jamine, unsuccessfully held back tears as Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed a bill forcing law enforcement agencies to quickly act on reports of missing young adults.

"This is a bittersweet moment for us," Annette Swanson said. "We want to make a difference for the people."

The new law requires law enforcement agencies to take reports about missing young adults and then launch searches quicker than under the old law, which has led to inconsistent policies among law enforcement agencies.

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