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H.R. 5075 (115th): Ashanti Alert Act of 2018

About the bill

Should America have an equivalent of AMBER Alerts but for adults?


AMBER Alerts have existed since 1996, offering a number of methods for communicating to the public that a local child has been abducted or gone missing. Although there’s no federal version, more than half of states also have Silver Alerts for missing people over age 65.

Yet there has not been a comparable system for adults ages 18 to 65, people too old for AMBER Alerts and yet too young for Silver Alerts.

A state-level law creating such a system was enacted in Virginia in April, named the Ashanti Billie Act after a 19-year-old woman who was kidnapped and killed. It had passed the Virginia state Senate by a bipartisan unanimous 40–0.

What the bill does ...

Sponsor and status

Scott Taylor

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2018
Length: 7 pages
Feb 20, 2018
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 31, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 31, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-401

4 Cosponsors (2 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 3714: Ashanti Alert Act of 2018

Introduced on Dec 6, 2018. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5945: Corey Adams Searchlight Act

Introduced on May 23, 2018. 61% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2211: Skylar’s Law

Introduced on Dec 7, 2017. 53% incorporated. (compare text)


Feb 20, 2018

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

Sep 25, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 6, 2018
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 20, 2018
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Dec 31, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 5075 (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. 5075. 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.

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