PHOENIX — The Arizona House of Representatives has given initial approval
to a bill creating an alert system for missing seniors.
The House gave initial approval to the Senate-passed bill on Monday. However, a
full vote is still required and Gov. Jan Brewer has placed a moratorium on the
passage of any bills until the House and Senate agree on a budget.
Senate Bill 1097 would create a Silver Alert system modeled after Amber
Alerts, which notify the public when a child has gone missing. The bill would
require the state Department of Public Safety to coordinate emergency alerts for
seniors who have gone missing and who are thought to be in danger. Local law
enforcement must conduct an exhaustive search before an alert goes public.