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Posts from the ‘Silver Alert Legislation’ Category

31
Mar

Utah Becomes 29th State to Adopt Silver Alert System

On March 22, 2019, Utah Governor Gary Herbert signed into law House Bill 215, sponsored by Rep. Lee Perry. The Silver Alert Law was one of 75 bills signed into law, according to the story on KUTV-2.

The new law makes Utah the 29th state to have a Silver Alert program. Utah previously only had an Endangered Person Advisory.

HB 215 defines “endangered adult” as a person 60 years of age or older with dementia.

11
Feb

Alexandria Resident Praises Senator Warner, Rep. Beyer for Ashanti Alert

Senator Mark Warner and Representative Don Beyer were praised in a recent letter in the Alexandria Gazette Packet for their support of the federal Ashanti Alert Act.
As a conservative who rarely agrees with the votes of our Democrat senators and congressman, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Senators Warner and Kaine and Congressman Beyer for their roles in the bipartisan efforts promoting the Ashanti Alert Act through Congress. President Trump signed it into law on Dec. 31, 2018.

This new law (in case you haven’t heard) is basically the institution of an Amber Alert type of system for adults (aged 18 – 65) who have been reported as missing but are too old for an Amber Alert and too young for a Silver Alert.

The law is named for the beautiful, young victim Ashanti Billie of Norfolk, Va. who went missing in 2017 and was found in North Carolina having been murdered by a stranger. GOP Congressman Scott Taylor (R-VA) met with Ashanti’s family, introduced the bill and moved it through the House of Representatives.

Now that it is law, it could make the difference between life and death for endangered missing persons across our country when implemented. It will also presumably be an important tool in catching criminals who have abducted their victims for nefarious purposes such as rape, murder, or sex trafficking. This new law is a very big deal.

4
Feb

Utah Legislator Introduces Silver Alert Bill

Utah State Representative Lee Perry has introduced H.B. 215, a bill to create a Silver Alert program in the Beehive State.

H.B. 215 requires the Department of Public Safety to develop an alert system similar to the Amber Alert System for endangered adults; and requires that the system utilize highway signage in the geographical area where the 16 person went missing. The bill defines the term “endangered adult” as a person 60 years of age or older with dementia.

Read more about Utah Silver Alert legislation at KUCW-TV.