House of Representatives approve legislation to formulate statewide missing child alert system
4:54 PM, Mar 6, 2013
5:14 PM, Mar 6, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislators have unanimously approved a bill that is anticipated to expedite the recovery of missing children and runaways through establishing the JaRay Wilson Runaway Child Alert System.
Under House Bill 2227, which was approved 94-0 by the House of Representatives Wednesday afternoon, a child alert system would be created across the state of Oklahoma. The system would be activated once a law enforcement agency receives the report of the missing child and verifies its accuracy.
Families of the missing child will be asked to provide a photograph for statewide and nationwide distribution.
Child alerts would also be reported immediately to the national crime information center.
Rep. Joe Dorman, who authored the bill, said locals families have communicated to him their frustration with the current system's lack of efficiency.
Dorman worked with the Department of Public Safety, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and the Office of Juvenile Affairs in order to formulate the language of the bill in the most effective way, he said Wednesday.
An amendment made by co-author Rep. Harold Wright named the alert system after JaRay Wilson, a missing teenager believed to be a victim of human trafficking.
The bill will be sponsored by Sen. Mike Schulz, R-Altus, as it advances to the state Senate.