A bill creating a national Amber Alert system could be signed today by President George W. Bush.
Congress approved the bill Thursday as House members passed the bill 400-25 hours before the Senate approved it on a 98-0 vote.
The bill is named after Amber Hagerman, 9, of Arlington who was kidnapped from her home and later found murdered.
The legislation creates a national system to find kidnapped children.
It includes tougher penalties for child kidnappers, molesters and pornographers. It also gives money to states and local communities for equipment and training on the network.
This is good news, I’m pretty sure. I haven’t read the details, and the devil is in the details. Here in the DFW area, when a kid is reported abducted, the TV’s have a scroll across the bottom and the highway info signs all display the lookout information. Now, I don’t want to see abducted kid from Washington state within 10 minutes of their disappearance (until we finally get those Star Trek transporter gadgets), but I like the emphasis on proactively looking for these kids.
Sign it, Mr. President.