New Mexico House Unanimously Passes Legislation To Expand Amber Alert System

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  • Bill Passes 64-0

SANTA FE – In a victory for New Mexico’s children, the House of Representatives unanimously passed legislation that will require cell phone and pager companies to issue Amber Alerts to their customers. The bill, which passed 64-0, is sponsored by Rep. Sarah Maestas Barnes.

“When a child goes missing, we need to do everything we can to find them and bring them back home safely,” Maestas Barnes said. “The Amber Alert System saves lives – that is why it’s so critical that we expand the service to reach all New Mexicans who have a cell phone.”

The legislation will expand Amber Alerts to all cell phone and pager services that do business in New Mexico – at no charge to their customers.

“Passing this legislation was a huge victory for New Mexico’s kids,” Maestas Barnes said.

The Amber Alert System is designed to alert people about a missing or abducted child. Since 2002, the program is credited with finding and saving nearly 500 children nationwide.

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