Golden Alert Legislation Moves Out Of Committee

Frankfort, KY. — A House committee has approved a bill that would change how the state issues Golden Alert notifications when an impaired person goes missing. It would be up to the Kentucky State Police to initiate a Golden Alert under House Bill 150 should the agency decide an alert is necessary for the safety of someone with a physical, mental or cognitive impairment, such as Alzheimer’s disease. The State Police would work with both state and local agencies to issue an alert using “existing resources” such as electronic highway signs, the Amber Alert broadcast emergency response system, and electronic media, the bill states. Golden Alerts in Kentucky are handled currently by the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management in cooperation with local search and rescue coordinators. The bill will now go to the full House for consideration.