skip to main content

H.R. 4221 (115th): Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2017

Call or Write Congress

To amend the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, to reauthorize the Missing Alzheimer's Disease Patient Alert Program, and to promote initiatives that will reduce the risk of injury and death relating to the wandering characteristics of some children with autism.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

Read Text »
Last Updated: Nov 2, 2017
Length: 20 pages
Nov 2, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 1625: H.R. 1625: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Mar 23, 2018. (compare text)

36 Cosponsors (26 Democrats, 10 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

<span class='\"kicker\"'>**Watch photo slide show** :</span>Rep. Smith Helps Kick Off 2018 Walk to End Alzheimers in Bradley Beach
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Oct 20, 2018

Rep. Waters Announces FY2018 Appropriations Letters &amp; Omnibus Accomplishments
    — Rep. Maxine Waters [D-CA43] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 28, 2018

Smiths Life-Saving Wandering Prevention Bill Becomes Law
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Mar 27, 2018

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

What stakeholders are saying

Alzheimer's Impact Movement AIM and the Alzheimer’s Association are pleased to support the bipartisan reauthorization of the Missing Americans Alert Program, formerly known as the Missing Alzheimer’s Disease Patient Alert Program, in Kevin and Avonte's Law of 2017, which would help local law enforcement …


Nov 2, 2017

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4221 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 4221. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

How to cite this information.

We recommend the following MLA-formatted citation when using the information you see here in academic work:

“H.R. 4221 — 115th Congress: Kevin and Avonte’s Law of 2017.” 2017. March 30, 2023 <>

Where is this information from?

GovTrack automatically collects legislative information from a variety of governmental and non-governmental sources. This page is sourced primarily from, the official portal of the United States Congress. is generally updated one day after events occur, and so legislative activity shown here may be one day behind. Data via the congress project.