California Legislature—2015–16 Regular Session

Assembly BillNo. 643

Introduced by Assembly Member Nazarian

February 24, 2015

An act to amend Section 8594.10 of the Government Code, relating to emergency services.


AB 643, as introduced, Nazarian. Emergency services: Silver Alerts.

Existing law authorizes a law enforcement agency to request the also California Highway Patrol to activate a Silver Alert, as defined, if the agency receives a report of a missing person who is 65 years of age or older, developmentally disabled, or cognitively impaired, and certain conditions are met, including that all local resources have been utilized and the disappearance is unexplained or suspicious. Upon concurrence by the Department of the California Highway Patrol that the precedent conditions have been met, existing law requires the patrol to issue the alert, which may take the form of a be-on-the-lookout alert, an Emergency Digital Information Service message, or an electronic flyer, within a specified geographical area.

This bill would authorize the Silver Alert to be made by changeable message sign.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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Section 8594.10 of the Government Code is
2amended to read:

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(a) For purposes of this section, “Silver Alert” means
2a notification system, activated pursuant to subdivision (b),
3designed to issue and coordinate alerts with respect to a person
4who is 65 years of age or older, developmentally disabled, or
5cognitively impaired, and who is reported missing.

6(b) (1) If a person is reported missing to a law enforcement
7agency and that agency determines that the requirements of
8subdivision (c) are met, the agency may request thebegin insert Department
9of theend insert
California Highway Patrol to activate a Silver Alert. If the
10begin insert Department of theend insert California Highway Patrol concurs that the
11requirements of subdivision (c) are met, it shall activate a Silver
12Alert within the geographical area requested by the investigating
13law enforcement agency.

14(2) Radio, television, and cable and satellite systems are
15encouraged to, but not required to, cooperate with disseminating
16the information contained in a Silver Alert.

17(3) Upon activation of a Silver Alert, thebegin insert Department of theend insert
18 California Highway Patrol shall assist the investigating law
19enforcement agency by issuing a be-on-the-lookout alert, an
20Emergency Digital Information Service message,begin insert a changeable
21message sign,end insert
or an electronic flyer.

22(c) A law enforcement agency may request a Silver Alert be
23activated if that agency determines that all of the following
24conditions are met in regard to the investigation of the missing

26(1) The missing person is 65 years of age or older,
27developmentally disabled, or cognitively impaired.

28(2) The investigating law enforcement agency has utilized all
29available local resources.

30(3) The law enforcement agency determines that the person has
31gone missing under unexplained or suspicious circumstances.

32(4) The law enforcement agency believes that the person is in
33danger because of age, health, mental or physical disability, or
34environment or weather conditions, that the person is in the
35company of a potentially dangerous person, or that there are other
36factors indicating that the person may be in peril.

37(5) There is information available that, if disseminated to the
38public, could assist in the safe recovery of the missing person.

39(d) For purposes of this section, the following definitions have
40the following meanings:

P3    1(1) “Developmentally disabled” means affected by a
2developmental disability, as defined in subdivision (a) of Section
34512 of the Welfare and Institutions Code.

4(2) “Cognitively impaired” means affected by a cognitive
5impairment, as defined in Section 14522.4 of the Welfare and
6Institutions Code.