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June 24, 2011

Florida: Governor Rick Scott signs new Silver Alert legislation into law

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The Florida Silver Alert program was originally created by executive order by Gov. Charlie Crist. This year, the Florida legislature passed a bill to codify the program into law.

Gov. Rick Scott signed Silver Alert legislation at a bill signing ceremony at the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office:

From the Palm Beach Post:

Gov. Rick Scott stopped by the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office on Friday to sign into law the Silver Alert bill, intended to safeguard the elderly who have cognitive impairments.

The law, which was passed during the last legislative session, was sponsored by state Rep. Joseph Abruzzo, D-Wellington, and state Sen. Lizbeth Benacquisto, R-Wellington. It makes the Silver Alert Program, launched by former Gov. Charlie Crist three years ago, part of the state’s Missing Endangered Persons Law.

Silver Alerts are issued when a person 60 years of age or older goes missing and is considered endangered. The person must be in a vehicle and a license tag number must be provided for it to go into effect. The alerts can be issued statewide.

The new law streamlines the system so that Silver Alerts can be issued more quickly, resulting in a faster recovery. It is hailed by advocates of people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.

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