MO House Passes Hailey's Law

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri House has passed the Amber Alert legislation known as "Hailey's Law".

House members passed Hailey's Law late Wednesday on a vote of 141 to 1.

The bill calls for the reporting of a missing child to be done digitally to streamline the process, instead of the current method of faxing information to the Highway Patrol.

Rep. Curtis Trent, who represents west Springfield, says the bill would cut in half the time for issuing an Amber Alert.

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Trent named the bill after 10-year old Hailey Owens of Springfield, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2014. 

Craig Wood is charged with her murder and is scheduled to go on trial October 23rd.

Hailey's mother and Wood's family support the bill and have urged lawmakers to streamline the Amber Alert system.

After passing the House, Hailey's Law now heads to the Senate.


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