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Major strides made for Travis Alert Act in state House



Rep. Gina McCabe's bill known as the "Travis Alert Act" passed the Washington State House of Representatives Wednesday.

House Bill 1258 would allow people to submit information pertaining to an individual's disability to the Enhanced 911 program so dispatchers can deliver critical information to first responders during emergencies. It would also review existing procedures and ask the Department of Health to create a training program for first responders, providing instruction for how to best respond to emergencies involving persons with special needs. The act is named after Travis King, a 12 year-old boy with autism from Wapato.

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