House gives nod to new alert system for elderly

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By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Arizona House of Representatives has given initial approval to a bill creating a new alert system for missing seniors who disappear unexpectedly.
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.