Ashanti Alert Act unanimously passed in US Senate


WASHINGTON (WAVY) — Lawmakers have taken another step toward making the Ashanti Alert Act a federal law.

The bill — which Rep. Scott Taylor helped introduced in the House of Representatives — was unanimously passed in the U.S. Senate on Dec. 6.

Sen. Mark Warner sponsored the Senate version of the bill. 

The bill is named after Ashanti Billie, who was found dead in Charlotte, North Carolina 11 days after she went missing in September 2017. If passed and signed into law, the act would send out a national alerts for missing adults similar to those for missing children (Amber) and elderly adults (Silver). 

A version of the alert was just signed into law in Virginia this year.

Authorities arrested retired Navy veteran Eric Brian Brown and charged him with kidnapping and murdering Billie. Brown was diagnosed with schizophrenia and found incompetent to stand trial earlier this year.

Recently revealed court document show that Brown has been responding to treatment. A decision as to whether Brown is competent to stand trial is expected to be made in February.

According to Warner’s office, the Ashanti Alert Act was modified and passed in the Senate with unanimous consent. The amended version of the bill will now head back to the House — where a previous version was passed in September.

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