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Michigan House passes active shooter alert bills

Hundreds of people have gathered at the state Capitol to urge Michigan lawmakers to support funding for mental health facilities.

Lansing, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The active shooter alert bills cleared the house floor with overwhelmingly bi-partisan support Tuesday.

The three bills are being backed not only by both parties, they are also being supported by the families who lost their loved ones in the Kalamazoo mass shooting.

"If we can save anyone else's life then that is why I'm here," Laurie Smith said last month.

Laurie and her daughter Emily smith testified at the state capitol after the unspeakable: a mass shooting that took the lives of their loved ones, Rich and Tyler Smith.

"This is the only thing we can do to help and the only way we can honor them," Emily Smith said.

They honor them by backing a bill they say could have saved Rich and Tyler Smith's lives.

This is how the bill works.

Local police departments would be responsible for notifying Michigan State Police of a public threat.

MSP would then send text messages to nearby cell phones with the help of geo location technology.

It's technology similar to an amber alert.

The active shooter alert bills stem from the February mass shooting spree in Kalamazoo.

The Smith's say if this technology had already existed, Rich and Tyler smith would not have looked at cars at a Kalamazoo car dealership the night they were eventually gunned down.

"We are confident that if this would have been in place the night of February 20th, my husband and son, and my daughter's daddy and brother would still be here today," Mrs. Smith said.

The three bills will still have to pass the State Senate before going to governor Rick Snyder.

State Representative Jon Hoadley says the Senate could act on these bills by the end of June.

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