HB 1820, also known as the “Blue Alert Bill,” unanimously passed the house Feb. 29 — just six days after Washington State Patrol trooper Tony Radulescu was gunned down in the line of duty. It was first considered after Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton was killed in 2009 and was drafted in 2010.
The law will work much like the Amber Alert for missing children does. If an officer is injured or killed in Washington and an active search is under way for a suspect, radio, TV and freeway billboards would be deployed to provide information to the public.
Rep. Mike Hope, R-Lake Stevens, a Seattle police veteran, sponsored the bill and believes the $100,000 price tag is well worth it.
Source: Q13 Fox