Assembly Panel To Consider Bill Expanding Amber Alert Program Guidelines

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TRENTON – An assembly panel will consider a bi-partisan bill to set forth criteria that law enforcement officials must consider when determining if an Amber Alert should be issued in child abduction cases.

The measure (A-2598) is sponsored by Assemblymen David Ribble (R-Monmouth and Ocean) and Charles Mainor (D-Hudson). It would clarify the circumstances when Amber Alerts should be issued, including some situations where the abductor is believed to be a family member of the child.

The bill was inspired by a 2010 tragedy that saw a three-month-old baby girl thrown off the Driscoll Bridge after she was allegedly abducted by her father, one day after the child’s mother sought a restraining order against him. It codifies guidelines recommended by the state Attorney General’s office after the girl’s death.

Other legislation to be considered by Assembly panels today include bills that would allow mobile gaming, promote electric vehicle usage, turn foreclosed properties into affordable housing and provide an array of new consumer protections.

Hearings are slated to start at 10 a.m. Audio will be streamed live at:

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