House passes amended version of Ashanti Alert Act

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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 Office of Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) said on Thursday the House of Representatives voted to pass an amended version of the Ashanti Alert Act that was cleared through the Senate earlier this month.

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.

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.”

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