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April 12, 2013

Gov. Susana Martinez signs New Mexico Silver Alert bill into law

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New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez has signed legislation into law to create a statewide Silver Alert program to help locate missing people with dementia and other conditions.

According to a press release from the office of Governor Martinez:

Governor Susana Martinez announced today that she has signed House Bill 131, allowing  the New Mexico Department of Public Safety to issue Silver Alerts to law enforcement, the media, and the  public when seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia go missing. The governor signed the  legislation at a ceremony at the Alzheimer’s Association’s New Mexico chapter in Albuquerque.

Sponsored by Rep. Paul Pacheco (R-Albuquerque), the legislation creates an Amber Alert-type of protection for New  Mexico’s growing Alzheimer’s population and other senior citizens with degenerative brain diseases or brain injury. It was modeled after the successful Silver Alert program implemented by the City of Albuquerque.

“A statewide Silver Alert program will protect seniors who might not be able to protect themselves,” said  Governor Martinez. “New Mexico seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia, and their families, deserve to know that law enforcement will be on the lookout should they go missing. As New Mexico’s  population of seniors suffering from Alzheimer’s and other degenerative brain diseases continues to rise, this program is more important now than ever. I’m grateful for Rep. Pacheco’s work to guide this bill through the legislative process and the City of Albuquerque for laying the groundwork for this critical initiative.”

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