NM House OKs bill to expand Amber Alert system

Posted at: 01/28/2013 2:30 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to broaden a state warning system for finding abducted children.

The House approved a measure on Monday to expand the Amber Alert system to include children abducted by a parent or other family member.

The system provides for emergency distribution of notices of a child's abduction.

The bill passed the House on a 61-2 vote and goes to the Senate for consideration.

Martinez said in a statement that with House approval of the legislation "we are now a step closer to protecting the well-being of New Mexico children who are taken by those who are supposed to care for them the most."

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