AUDIO: House committee approves Zeiger’s AMBER alert bill

A lawmaker from Puyallup wants to expand the state’s AMBER Alert system following the abduction and murder in 2010 of a developmentally-disabled teen-age girl. John Sattgast reports from Olympia.

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Sattgast:  Sixteen-year-old Kimmie Daily of Puyallup was missing for days before her body was discovered some two years ago near her home. Now, 25th District State Representative Hans Zeiger has introduced House Bill 2477, also known as “Kimmie’s Law.” The measure would require law enforcement to put out an alert within six hours of a missing person’s report for a person with disabilities.

Zeiger spoke Friday before the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee.

Zeiger:  “Kimmie reminds us – her life and her death reminds us – of our responsibility to protect our vulnerable neighbors. And this bill helps to do that. It expands the AMBER Alert law from protecting children to also protecting missing, endangered persons.”

Sattgast:  Representative Hans Zeiger, who says the bill defines a missing, endangered person as anyone believed to be in danger because of health, age, mental or physical disabilities, in combination with environment or weather conditions.  The bill remains under consideration by the House committee. John Sattgast, Olympia.

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