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Golden Alert Bill Sails Through House

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Advocates for Kentucky's growing Alzheimer's population hailed the final passage of legislation Friday aimed at alerting the public when people stricken with the memory-robbing disease are missing.

The measure would create a Golden Alert system, modeled after Amber Alerts for missing children, to spread the word when Alzheimer's patients wander off.

"If it brings one person home safely, then we've really done something wonderful," said Sen. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, the bill's lead sponsor.

With little discussion, the House sent the bill to Gov. Steve Beshear on a 92-0 vote Friday. The measure passed the Senate last month on a 37-0 vote.

Ellen Kershaw, with the Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana chapter of the Alzheimer's Association, said the measure could be a life saver.

"This will be a great step forward in protecting the safety of people with Alzheimer's disease," she said in a phone interview.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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