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Arizona House gives nod to new alert system for elderly

PHOENIX -- The Arizona House of Representatives has approved a bill creating a new alert system for missing seniors who disappear unexpectedly.

The House unanimously approved the bill on Wednesday.

Senate Bill 1097 would create a "Silver Alert" system modeled after Amber Alerts, which notify the public when a child has gone missing. The bill would require the state Department of Public Safety to coordinate emergency alerts for seniors who have gone missing and who are thought to be in danger. Local law enforcement must conduct an exhaustive search before an alert goes public.

The bill will now go to the Senate for a final vote.

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