Bill aims to prevent repeat of Hawaii false missile alert

  • Senator Brian Schatz
  • Hawaii Emergency Management Agency officials work at the department’s command center in Honolulu on Dec. 1, 2017. (AP Photos/Caleb Jones, File)

  • A smartphone screen capture shows a false incoming ballistic missile emergency alert sent from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency system on Jan. 13, 2018.

HONOLULU — A defense bill passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday seeks to prevent local government agencies from mistakenly warning residents of a ballistic missile attack the way Hawaii did nearly two years ago.