WASHINGTON (WAVY) — A bipartisan bill to create a nationwide alert system for missing adults has been passed in the House, and will now head to President Donald Trump’s desk.
The bill is named for Ashanti Billie, who was found dead in Charlotte, North Carolina 11 days after she went missing in September 2017.
The “Ashanti Alerts” in this system would work similarly to those for missing children (Amber) and elderly adults (Silver) — sending alerts for missing endangered adults between the ages of 18-64.
Rep. Scott Taylor (R-Va.), who helped introduced the bill, tweeted about Thursday’s vote.
The #Ashantialert Act, final version, HR5075 has just been passed through the House 386-2, and is headed to @realDonaldTrump ‘s desk! ❤️🇺🇸🙏. Lives will be saved around the country. #Proud.— Scott Taylor (@Scotttaylorva) December 20, 2018
Warner similarly praised the passing of the bill Thursday, stating, “Ashanti’s memory will carry on in the lives that will be saved through this new alert system.”