Governor Signs Law to Expand Amber Alert

A new bill signed into law Monday will expand the circumstances that activate the AMBER Alert system.

The bill, AB 535, which was authored by local assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), adds an amendment that now allows law enforcement to trigger an AMBER Alert when anyone — including parents and legal guardians — takes a child with intent to cause harm to the victim, according to the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. The Alameda County District Attorney's Office and Alameda County were co-sponsors of the bill.

Previously, the AMBER Alert could only be activated when a non-custodial parent or stranger abducted a child.