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Bill Helping Track People With Special Needs Heads To Senate Floor

MGN Online

A revived effort to help speed up the search for missing kids and adults with special needs is now on its way to the Senate floor, though it now differs a bit from its House counterpart.

By using GPS-like technology, Rep. Elizabeth Porter (R-Lake City) says her bill would help law enforcement find people prone to wandering off.

“…be they autistic or Alzheimer’s disease, and if once we have completed the pilot project, we find that it has been successful in locating these eloped individuals and saving their lives, at that point we can make a fiscally responsible case for going statewide with this program,” she said.

Both the House and Senate bills offer pilot projects in Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, Suwanee, and because of a new change, Alachua counties. The Senate version by Sen. Charlie Dean (R-Inverness) also adds Palm Beach and Broward. While that bill just passed its last committee, Porter’s measure has only its first House hearing. Similar bills died last session.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.