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McCabe revives Travis Alert Act

Bill would relay disability information

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Gina McCabe

— A Klickitat County lawmaker is trying again for passage of the Travis Alert Act.

Rep. Gina McCabe, R-Goldendale is proposing House Bill 1258, which gives people the option of submitting information to the Enhanced 911 program about their disabilities so dispatchers can relay it to first responders.

It is also known as the Travis Alert Act, named for Travis King of Wapato. His mother, Threasa King, contacted McCabe about her autistic son and her concerns about emergency care.

Last week, the House Judiciary Committee heard testimony in support of the bill, which would also create training for first responders.

“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.”

She first introduced the bill during the 2016 session

It was approved by the House 96-1, but timed out in the Senate.

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