Tallahassee, FL (AP) - Gov. Rick Scott has signed a law strengthening Florida's "Silver Alert" program that helps find
missing elderly people.
Scott signed the bill (SB 644) on Friday at the Palm Beach
County Sheriff's Office in West Palm Beach. It gives police, news
media representatives and others responsible for complying with
requests to release Silver Alert information immunity for civil
liability if they do so in good faith.
The law also says only a law enforcement agency having
jurisdiction over a case can request activation of a Silver Alert.
It's similar to the Amber Alert program for missing children.
In either case authorities ask the media to publicize information on the missing person and they flash it on electronic road signs.
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