Lawmaker Will Continue To Push "Project Leo"

Leo Walker
Posted at 6:05 PM, May 04, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-05 05:04:06-04

LIVE OAK, Fla. (WTXL)--A legislative assistant for Florida House Representative Elizabeth Porter says they will continue to push for a bill aimed at providing technology to people with conditions like autism or Alzheimer's at high risk of wandering away.

The bill says elopement, which is when a person leaves an area without a caregiver's permission is prevalent among those with special needs.

The bill would've created the "Project Leo" pilot program in Baker, Columbia, Hamilton, and Suwannee counties. 

The program would provide devices that people could wear which could help in search and rescue efforts if they go missing.

This comes after nine-year-old Leo Walker, who had autism, was found dead in a pond in August of last year.

This year, House Bill 69 was held up in the senate.