The Maine House of Representatives has given its support to a bill that would create a program to better train police on how to respond to missing adults with disabilities.

There was some opposition, however, including from local legislators.

The House voted 102-41 on March 16 to approve LD 1610, which would establish the Silver Alert Program. This bill would require all law enforcement agencies to adopt written policies regarding missing adults with disabilities and would require the board of trustees of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy to establish mandatory minimum standards for such policies by no later than Jan. 1, 2011. The bill would also require all law enforcement agencies to certify to the Criminal Justice Academy board by no later than June 1, 2011, that their policies were consistent with the minimum standards established by the board and to certify by no later than Jan. 1, 2012, that all law enforcement officers had received orientation and training with respect to the policies.

Voting for the bill locally were Reps. Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston; Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland; Joan Welsh, D-Rockport; Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville; House Speaker Hannah Pingree of North Haven; Wendy Pieh, D-Bremen; Elizabeth Miller, D-Somerville; Jayne Crosby Giles, R-Belfast; Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport; John Piotti, D-Unity; and Veronica Magnan, D-Stockton Springs.

Voting against the bill were Republican Reps. Wes Richardson of Warren and Jonathan McKane of Newcastle.

Richardson said this was another bill that sounds too good to be against.

“In today’s world, when we are struggling for every dime, it does not make sense to add another mandate to a state agency,” Richardson said.

The Senate has yet to vote on the bill.