House Judiciary Committee hears Rep. Gina McCabe’s Travis Alert Act legislation

A bill that would aid first responders in emergencies in identifying those with disabilities was heard by the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday.

Rep. Gina McCabe introduced House Bill 2287, the “Travis Alert Act,” when Travis' mom, Threasa, brought the idea to her during the Legislature's second special session in 2015.

“The public hearing gave the committee the opportunity to see the passion and heartfelt enthusiasm surrounding this bill. It was great to see Travis, many members of his family and a bus full of supporters from Yakima testify in support of the bill,” said McCabe, R-Goldendale. “I am looking forward to working together with those who had concerns; and to get this passed in the best form possible to encompass the special needs addressed.”

The bill would create a system for a colored, reflective puzzle-piece decal that could voluntarily be placed in a vehicle or on the main entrance of a residence to indicate a person with disabilities could be present. It would also create an enhanced 911 program for parents to optionally submit information pertaining to their child's disability so first responders would know how to best address the emergency situation.

The emergency notification system would be coupled with increased education and training requirements for first responders on how to approach individuals with disabilities in times of crisis.

“Not only would this legislation benefit the disabled, but it would provide first responders a tool to assist them in handling those who may have a disability. This bill is a safety measure for them, as well as the child,” said McCabe.

The committee has until Feb. 2 to vote on the bill to keep it moving through the legislative process.

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