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Cousins Law presentation in Webster City Thursday night.
Posted: Oct 12 2012 by mharris

A Cedar Falls woman made an appearance in Webster City Thursday night speaking about a proposed new law aimed at quickly locating missing children. Robin Arnold is the author of the Cousin's Law. The law is being proposed after the disappearance of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook of Evansdale. The two young girls disappeared on July 13 after riding their bicycles in Evansdale.Arnold told the audience that about 9,000 signatures have been added to a petition requesting the Iowa Legislature to consider action on this proposed bill. The bill proposes if a child is missing more than one hour,the parents need to report the child missing to the police or there will be a fine. The device known as A CHILD IS MISSING will be activated and mandated to be used through a free data voicemail that alerts 900 residents and businesses in the first minute the child went missing and 1600 in the second minute. This is a free service  and is of no cost to the state or taxpayers. The third purpose of this proposed law states within two hours, a volunteer search of vehicles and area exists can be initiated. The fourth is if a child is missing more than 3 hours, a state wide Cousin's Law alert will be issued by the use of media and interstate marquees similar to an Amber Alert. The fifth part of the law states if a child is missing more than 8 hours, Human Trafficking Task Force will be begin checking know hotspots where children could be taken. The Cousin's Law is a more rapid response to alert the public to the possibility that a child may have been abducted. The public  will also be alerted that, although this has not been ruled an abduction there are circumstances that allow the Cousin's Law Alert to be used. It is the hope that the common goal of this bill is to find missing children as rapidly as possible and bring them home safe.

A Cedar Falls woman made an appearance in Webster City Thursday night speaking about a proposed new law aimed at quickly locating missing children. Robin Arnold is the author of the Cousin's Law. The law is being proposed after the disappearance of Elizabeth Collins and Lyric Cook of Evansdale. The two young girls disappeared on July 13 after riding their bicycles in Evansdale.Arnold told the audience that about 9,000 signatures have been added to a petition requesting the Iowa Legislature to consider action on this proposed bill. The bill proposes if a child is missing more than one hour,the parents need to report the child missing to the police or there will be a fine. The device known as A CHILD IS MISSING will be activated and mandated to be used through a free data voicemail that alerts 900 residents and businesses in the first minute the child went missing and 1600 in the second minute. This is a free service  and is of no cost to the state or taxpayers. The third purpose of this proposed law states within two hours, a volunteer search of vehicles and area exists can be initiated. The fourth is if a child is missing more than 3 hours, a state wide Cousin's Law alert will be issued by the use of media and interstate marquees similar to an Amber Alert. The fifth part of the law states if a child is missing more than 8 hours, Human Trafficking Task Force will be begin checking know hotspots where children could be taken. The Cousin's Law is a more rapid response to alert the public to the possibility that a child may have been abducted. The public  will also be alerted that, although this has not been ruled an abduction there are circumstances that allow the Cousin's Law Alert to be used. It is the hope that the common goal of this bill is to find missing children as rapidly as possible and bring them home safe.

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