WASHINGTON -- Legislation named after a teen who was kidnapped in Virginia is one step closer to becoming law in the entire country. But it has a big hurdle to overcome.
The 'Ashanti Alert' creates a new system to notify the public about missing or endangered adults through radio and television broadcast systems.
The bill is named after Ashanti Billie. She was abducted from a Navy Base in Norfolk, Va. last year and later found murdered.
The 19-year-old was too old for an Amber Alert and too young for a Silver Alert.
The U.S. senate passed the new 'Ashanti alert' this week by unanimous consent.