Travis Alert Act headed to the governor’s desk

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Travis Alert Act headed to the governor’s desk

After a unanimous vote Monday in the state Senate, the Travis Alert Act passed its second-to-last hurdle before becoming law.

House Bill 1258, otherwise known as the Travis Alert Act, would assess the resources necessary to improve the Enhanced 911 program so that information pertaining to an individual's disability or special needs can be available to first responders before they arrive to the scene of an emergency. It would also require the Department of Health — in concert with other agencies — to review existing procedures and create a training program for first responders, providing instruction for how to best respond to emergencies involving persons with special needs. The act is named after Travis King, a 12 year-old boy with autism from Wapato, WA.

“The Travis Alert Act will be the first step in giving first responders the critical tools and information they need to effectively help individuals with special needs in emergencies,” said Rep. Gina McCabe, the bill's sponsor. “It's been an honor working with the King family on this legislation. I can't wait to celebrate one final time with Travis and his parents in Olympia when the governor signs this bill into law.”

Following passage of the bill, the Senate stood to recognize Travis and his mom, Threasa, as they watched debate on the Travis Alert Act from the Senate galleries.

The bill now heads to the governor's desk for his signature before becoming law.

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