Republican Senator Jerome Delvin has been pushing this AMBER Alert Hoax bill for two years. Senate Bill 5929 would make it a Class C Felony to knowingly make a false report of a missing child.
That means you can face up to five years in prison and up to $10,000 in fines. Senator Delvin says when an AMBER alert is activated hundreds of police officers make this their top priority. And when anyone makes a false alert, it can create unnecessary chaos.
"I think it's important that people understand what it's for and respect what it's for and it's used for valid reasons only," said Senator Jerome Delvin, R-8th District.
Under current law making a false report is considered a gross misdemeanor. Creating a false AMBER alert can also trigger an increase in 911 calls, causing the lines to get tied up for other emergencies.
Right now there are no active AMBER alerts in the state of Washington. This bill has been passed by the Senate and it now heads to the house for voting.