Autism – Kevin and Avonte’s Law Passed by House, Stalls in Senate

After being amended and passed by the House of Representatives on December 8, Kevin and Avonte’s Law (H.R. 4919), stalled in the Senate. This bill would provide grant funds to state and local law enforcement agencies and nonprofit organizations for education, training, and technology to help prevent and reduce the harm from wandering (or “elopement”). The Arc dropped its support and now opposes the bill after two last minute changes were made: 1) A “pay for” from the Department of Justice’s Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation Program was added to cover the estimated $7 million cost over a five year period, and 2) language was added on the allowable uses of tracking device data that raises civil rights concerns. The measure would need to be reintroduced in the 115th Congress that begins in January.

One thought on “Autism – Kevin and Avonte’s Law Passed by House, Stalls in Senate

  1. I don’t understand why anyone in the autism community doesn’t support this bill. We finally had a chance to give our children a safer life. With all the horrible tragedies that happen over and over again in the news of children wandering and being found dead…I can’t believe anyone would oppose this!! As a mother of two with autism, I would gladly give the government or anyone the information to track my children if it meant they are kept safe. They have no sense of danger, they wander from school campus. We currently use angelsense after a few incidents where one of our sons got off campus and no one noticed for two hours! If angelsense was available to families in our community with government funding, then I support it. Please think of the children! It breaks my heart that a few words thrown in to the bill has caused it more delay.

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