As of Monday, February 13, 2017
OLYMPIA A Klickitat County lawmaker’s efforts at a 911 change took a step closer to reality last week.
State Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale, announced on Friday that her proposed House Bill 1258, known as the “Travis Alert Act,” received approval in the House Judiciary Committee.
The legislation, which McCabe unsuccessfully proposed in 2016, now advances to the House Appropriations Committee.
It would give people the option of submitting information to the Enhanced 911 program about their disabilities. Dispatchers could then relay that on to first responders.
The bill is named for Travis King of Wapato. His mother, Threasa King, contacted McCabe about her autistic son and her concerns about emergency care.
“I originally sponsored the Travis Alert Act last year but it timed out in the Senate before lawmakers could take a final vote and send it to the governor for his signature,” McCabe said Friday. “This is going to be the year. I’m committed to working with lawmakers in both chambers to ensure this bill makes it all the way through the legislative process.”
The bill would also create training for first responders, providing instruction on how to best respond to emergencies involving those with special needs.
“Passing this bill would be an important first step in caring for the most vulnerable among us,” McCabe said. “My bill would provide both families and first responders with peace of mind.