Hutchison pushes for national AMBER alert system
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 9/3/2002 1:59:00 PM
Texas Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison introduced a new bill Tuesday that would create a national AMBER alert system, as well as providing federal money to help fund state networks.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the bill Wednesday. National Association of Broadcasters president Eddie Fritts is scheduled to testify in support of the measure.
The AMBER alert was created in 1996 in Texas as a combined effort of the media and law enforcement to issue immediate information about child abductions via broadcast media and highway signage.
The Trace & Recover America's Children (TRAC) Act also would give the AMBER network access to FBI, DNA and bio information to help circulate information on potential suspects.
The alert -- with networks operating in 14 states and 29 localities -- was named after nine-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped and murdered in Arlington, Texas.
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