New Mexico lawmakers have approved a proposal backed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to broaden a state warning system for finding abducted children.
The House approved a measure on Monday to expand the Amber Alert system to include children abducted by a parent or other family member. The system provides for emergency distribution of notices of a child's abduction.
The bill passed the House on a 61-2 vote and goes to the Senate for consideration.
Martinez said in a statement that with House approval of the legislation "we are now a step closer to protecting the well-being of New Mexico children who are taken by those who are supposed to care for them the most."
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