SB 1204 Code Adam alerts; Virginia Amber Alert Program.
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Summary as passed: (all summaries)
Code Adam alerts; Virginia Amber Alert Program. Requires state buildings open to the public to have a Code Adam program as a preventive tool against child abductions and for locating lost children in certain public buildings. The alerts are used to lock down buildings where a child has been lost or possibly abducted. The bill requires the Board of Education to develop, in cooperation with private entities, a program to provide parents with child identification kits through school distribution. The kits shall include identification information about the subject child, including current photo, fingerprints, DNA samples, and important medical information and shall include instructions for the proper safekeeping of the kit. Such kits shall be held for safekeeping by the parent, not a school, school board, or other public entity.

The bill also directs the Department of State Police to develop a statewide child abduction alert plan (the Virginia Amber Alert Plan) to rapidly publicize information on a child abduction. Pursuant to procedures developed by the Department of State Police, local law enforcement will notify the Department of State Police, who will take action, including activating the emergency alert system. The bill provides that the Virginia State Police shall inform all local law-enforcement agencies operating or participating in the Amber Alert programs when this bill becomes law and shall offer them assistance in conforming their programs to the provisions of the bill. This bill is identical to HB 1832.

Full text:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 038872253  pdf | impact statement
01/30/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 030660504-S1  pdf | impact statement
02/25/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1204ER)  pdf | impact statement
03/20/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0086)  pdf

Status:
01/08/03  Senate: Presented & ordered printed, prefiled 01/08/03 038872253
01/08/03  Senate: Referred to Committee on General Laws
01/15/03  Senate: Rereferred from General Laws by voice vote
01/15/03  Senate: Rereferred to Courts of Justice
01/29/03  Senate: Reported from Courts of Justice w/sub (15-Y 0-N)
01/30/03  Senate: Committee substitute printed 030660504-S1
01/31/03  Senate: Constitutional reading dispensed (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/03  Senate: VOTE: CONST. RDG. DISPENSED R (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/03  Senate: Passed by for the day
01/31/03  Senate: Reconsideration of passed by for the day (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/03  Senate: VOTE: RECONSIDER R (40-Y 0-N)
01/31/03  Senate: Passed by for the day
02/03/03  Senate: Read second time
02/03/03  Senate: Reading of substitute waived
02/03/03  Senate: Committee substitute agreed to 030660504-S1
02/03/03  Senate: Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute 030660504-S1
02/04/03  Senate: Read third time and passed Senate (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: VOTE: PASSAGE R (40-Y 0-N)
02/04/03  Senate: Communicated to House
02/05/03  House: Placed on Calendar
02/05/03  House: Read first time
02/05/03  House: Referred to Committee on Militia, Police and Public Safety
02/14/03  House: Reported from M., P. & P. S. (20-Y 0-N)
02/17/03  House: Read second time
02/18/03  House: Read third time
02/18/03  House: Passed House BLOCK VOTE (100-Y 0-N)
02/18/03  House: VOTE: BLOCK VOTE PASSAGE (100-Y 0-N)
02/25/03  Senate: Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB1204ER)
03/05/03  Senate: Enrolled
03/05/03  House: Signed by Speaker
03/06/03  Senate: Signed by President
03/16/03  Governor: Approved by Governor-Chapter 86 (effective 7/1/03)
03/20/03  Governor: Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0086)