Zeiger proposes ‘Kimmie’s Law’ to expand AMBER Alert

Today, the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee held a public hearing on “Kimmie’s Law,” a bill that would expand the AMBER Alert to include missing endangered persons.

House Bill 2477 comes after the 2010 abduction and murder of Kimmie Daily, a 16-year old developmentally-disabled Puyallup resident, who was missing for days before her body was discovered near her home.

“Kimmie’s death was a tragedy. It reminds us of our responsibility to protect our children and our vulnerable neighbors,” Zeiger said. “Every minute is important when an endangered person is missing. This bill is another tool we can use to improve public safety in our communities.”

House Bill 2477 would require law enforcement to put out an alert within six hours of a missing persons report for a person with disabilities. The bill defines a "missing endangered person" as any person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, in combination with environmental or weather conditions.

###

CONTACT: Kurt Hammond, Public Information Officer, (360) 786-7794