Autism – Wandering Bill Passed by the Senate

Kevin and Avonte’s Law passed the full Senate on December 21, 2017 with amendments by voice vote. The Arc supports this bipartisan legislation that assists in locating persons who wander from safe environments and expands the program to include new support for children with developmental disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder. It also allows Justice Department grants to be used to develop training and emergency protocols, supply first responders with additional information and resources, and make local tracking technology programs available for individuals who may wander because of their condition. Kevin and Avonte’s Law has now passed the Senate as a standalone bill (S. 2070) and it also has passed the Senate as the Grassley-Klobuchar-Tillis-Schumer amendment to the House-passed Federal Register Printing Savings Act (H.R. 195). The next step is for the House to pass it again with the Senate amendment consisting of Kevin and Avonte’s Law before it can go to the President for his signature.

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