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State Lawmakers introduce 'Clear Act' to help missing adults

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AUSTIN, Texas -

State lawmakers debuted a new type of state-wide alert at the capital Tuesday. 

The Clear Alert is intended to plug a gap in Texas's state-wide notification system. Like the Amber Alert system, it will send out notifications but instead of children it's meant for missing adults. 

Anyone between the ages of 18 and 65 and reported missing will be eligible for a Clear Alert if they're in danger or have been kidnapped. 

While the official name is Coordinated Law Enforcement Adult Rescue, the bill was inspired by four missing adults. 

League City Rep. Greg Bonnen said this system could have saved their lives. DPS Director Steve McCraw said alerts like this work. 

"As a member of the public, you have an opportunity to make potentially a life-saving difference for an individual and for their families," Rep. Bonnen said. "It's more likely going to be a young adult woman who is in immediate danger." 

These alerts will be pushed to phones, TV, radio and on TxDOT signs. 

They'll also go to bank tellers so they can look out for suspicious vehicles and to lotto stations to get the information out to as many people as possible. 

The program goes into effect Sept. 1.

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