Holly Bobo law expands Endangered Child Alert options

Goes into effect on Jan. 1
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Posted at 9:44 PM, Jan 01, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-01 23:44:06-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — With a new year, comes new laws in Tennessee. Lawmakers had a shortened year this time around due to COVID-19, but one law going into effect this year is called the Holly Bobo Law.

The new law expands options for endangered child alerts in Tennessee allowing law-enforcement to issue them not only for children but also for young adults under the age of 21 -- something that wasn’t available for Holly at the time.

While less urgent than Amber alerts, endangered child alerts are pushed to the media and sent out through TBI‘s own social media.

"It captures a lot of peoples attention in a short amount of time and when we’re dealing with a missing person that’s what really matters the most," said Rep. Kirk Haston (R-Lobelville)

The new law does not change Amber Alerts, which have federal rules attached to them.