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Silver Alert Bill to be signed by Governor

The bill will help first responders know how to interact with someone who has Alzheimer's or Dementia.

Posted: May. 21, 2018 7:23 AM

The Silver Alert Bill is going to be signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey, after passing in the senate and house.

WAAY 31 first told you about the bill in march. That's right after a local group of Alzheimer's advocates spent a day in Montgomery advocating for the legislation.

Current state law says a missing senior citizen alert will go out if it meets certain guidelines. However, the Silver Alert Bill allows an alert to be sent for someone suffering from Alzheimer's or Dementia.

It also requires special training for law enforcement officers who search for a missing person with the disease.

" Especially when they come to a home for a domestic call, or pull someone over, we want them to be able to detect the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease," said Brandi Medina, with the Mid South Chapter of Alzheimer's Association.

Right now, its unclear when the bill will go into effect.

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