NYC Council Committee approves 'Avonte's Law'; full council to vote Thursday

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- The New York City Council's Education Committee voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of a law designed to prevent a repeat of the Avonte Oquendo tragedy.

"Avonte's Law" requires the Department of Education and the NYPD to compile a list of public schools that should have audible door alarms.

Oquendo slipped out of an exit door at his school in Queens last October. The autistic teen's body was found along the East River in January.

The entire council is expected to vote on the law Thursday.

The Education Committee approved the bill 10-0 with five members absent.

Parent activists pushed for the bill requiring audible alarms after Avonte's disappearance prompted a massive search.

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