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Noah’s Law passes unanimously


The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously approved to pass Noah’s Law on Monday evening.
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 9:07 PM EDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) -The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously approved to pass Noah’s Law on Monday evening.

HB2354 would allow a custodial parent, under certain circumstances, to seek an emergency court order declaring a child to be in imminent danger of severe bodily injury or death. As a result, the noncustodial parent would be ordered to immediately return the child to the custodial parent.

After the House’s vote, the bill moves to Gov. Bill Lee’s desk, where he’s expected to sign it into law.

Noah Clare and his family
Noah Clare and his family(photo courtesy of Adam Ennis, Noah's uncle)

This bill comes after the family reported 3-year-old Noah Clare in November after spending the week with his father, Jake Clare. After he was found, police charged Jacob Clare with especially aggravated kidnapping for taking the child.

Noah’s mother Amanda Ennis said she hopes the passage of this bill closes this difficult chapter in their lives.

Noah Clare at the state capitol
Noah Clare at the state capitol(Adam Ennis, Noah's uncle )

Noah’s mother Amanda Ennis said she hopes the passage of this bill closes this difficult chapter in their lives.

“For Tennessee moving forward, we are hoping this speeds up the amber alert system. We had three out of the four prongs met. Of course, we had to fight tooth and nail to get the fourth prong checked off. It took us 10 days to do so,” Noah’s uncle Adam Ennis said. “With this new law or bill, it will only take 48 hours to get that checked off, which is imminent danger. We are hoping it helps families in the future issue that amber alert a lot sooner…. 10 days of straight torture.”

The Tennessee House of Representatives unanimously approved to pass Noah’s Law, HB2354, Monday evening.

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