The co-sponsor of a bill to institute an Amber Alert system says legislation might not be what’s needed to have a statewide system put in place to notify the public in cases of child abductions. A House committee is scheduled to hold hearings on a statewide system to help thwart child abductions, but Senator Chuck Gross of St. Charles, a sponsor of similar legislation in the upper chamber of Missouri’s Legislature, says legislative action might not be what’s needed. He says cooperative agreements or even a federal program could do. Although radio and television stations would play a role in an alert system, Gross says he does not want to legislate to the media what broadcasters would do. And, he says the program would be voluntary for local law enforcement officials as well. Gross hopes all sides would cooperate in such a system.
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