For Immediate Release: March 29th, 2013
Silver Alert Legislation Passes Final Senate Committee of Referral
Senator Johnny Ellis (D-Anchorage) today praised the Senate Judiciary Committee’s passage of Senate Bill 36, which would create a public notification process when a vulnerable adult goes missing. While commonly known as a “Silver Alert” for its protection of senior citizens, the bill sponsored by Sen. Ellis would also provide for alerts when an adult with mental or developmental disabilities or a veteran with PTSD is unaccounted for and believed to be in danger.
“I’m honored to have the chance to represent senior citizen, disability, and veterans’ organizations in the legislative process,” said Senator Ellis. “Their letters of support, phone calls, and unwavering focus have ensured this vital bipartisan effort gets the attention it deserves during a short, busy legislative session.”
Joining the 38 other states who have emergency response protocols for missing seniors or vulnerable adults is a priority for numerous Alaskan organizations, including the Alaska Commission on Aging, the Governor’s Council on Disabilities and Special Education, the AARP, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Agency of Alaska. The bill has also drawn support from Alaskan law enforcement organizations and local senior care facilities such as the Alaska Peace Officers’ Association and Homewell Senior Care in Anchorage.
“I’m pleased the Legislature is moving this long-overdue effort forward,” said Senator Ellis. “We have heard significant testimony from senior and disability organizations and a returning veteran about how vital this is, and I want to thank my colleagues in both parties for their backing.”
Senate Bill 36 is cosponsored by Senator Fred Dyson (R-Anchorage), Senator Hollis French (D-Anchorage) and Senator Bill Wielechowski (D-Anchorage). It now heads to the Senate Rules Committee.
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