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Bill Would Allow Government to Locate People With Tracking Devices

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 Ukshep    25,466

All lining up like dominoes!



A bill meant to help those with developmental disabilities would allow government agencies to locate people with tracking devices, which has some concerned the measure gives the federal government too much authority and power.

In 2008, Kevin Curtis Wills, a 9-year-old boy with autism, jumped into a river near a park and drowned. In 2014, a 14-year-old boy with autism, Avonte Oquendo, left his school and drowned in a river.

Rep. Chris Smith (R., N.J.), who chairs the Congressional Autism Caucus and the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force, introduced a bill called Kevin and Avonte’s Law, otherwise known as H.R. 4919, in an attempt to prevent these types of accidents from happening.

The legislation would permit the Justice Department to award grants to law enforcement agencies and non-profits for training and tracking devices to find individuals with autism or seniors with Alzheimer’s who have wandered away.

“We all empathize with a parent who learns that their child is missing, including and especially when that child has autism or another developmental disability,” Smith said. “When children with a disability or seniors with Alzheimer’s do wander, time and training are essential to ensure their safe return.”



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 Cinnamon    28,948

They always start with the weakest in society.  Congressional Autism Caucus and the Alzheimer’s Disease Task Force? Who knew that agency existed until now?  Why do we need a centralized agency to deal with something that only those on ground level can deal with effectively? This does not pass the smell test. Everyone can see where this will go eventually. 

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