Bartelsí bill to expand Silver Alerts signed into law

Posted by: Victoria Klimczak  | Tuesday, April 24, 2018 3:20 pm

STATEHOUSE (April 24, 2018) — Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday at the Statehouse ceremonially signed into law legislation co-authored by State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) expanding Silver Alerts to include missing children with disabilities.

Silver Alerts are issued by law enforcement and voluntarily broadcast by TV and radio stations when an adult with disabilities has wandered from their caregiver and is unlikely to return home without assistance. This new law expands the alert to include missing children with mental or physical disabilities.

“Expanding the Silver Alert to include children with disabilities will help those who wander from their home or school and may not be able to get back safely,” Bartels said. “The new law will notify the public of these situations when they occur so that everyone can join together and help get these children home.”

According to Bartels, Silver Alerts in Indiana helped locate 88 percent of those missing persons from 2013 through 2017.

This new law goes into effect July 1.

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State Rep. Stephen Bartels (R-Eckerty) represents House District 74,

which includes portions of Spencer, Dubois, Perry, Crawford and Orange counties.