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SB 5556: Relating to missing endangered persons

Sponsored by Senator Darneille, this bill defines “missing endangered person” as a person believed to be in danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, in combination with environmental or weather conditions, or is believed to be unable to return to safety without assistance. The bill states that the missing children clearinghouse established by the Washington State Patrol will also include endangered persons. It adds that an endangered missing person advisory plan (commonly known as an “Amber alert”) will include the use of social media pages and sites. Information will be entered into the state missing person computerized network within six hours (formerly twelve hours) after notification of a missing child or endangered person is received.

As amended:  WSP must maintain the toll-free telephone hotline, but the reference to 24-hour availability is removed.  The Amber Alert Plan and the EMPA Plans are separately named.