Two 9-1-1 Related Bills to Be Marked Up By House Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee

April 13, 2016

Today, the House Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee is holding a hearing on a number of communications bills, including two 9-1-1 related bills.  

The first, Kari’s Law Act (HR 4167), introduced by Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) would require multi-line telephone systems such as those found in hotels, offices, schools, and hospitals to connect directly to 9-1-1 without requiring the addition of any numbers other than 9-1-1. In a letter to Commerce Committee Members, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai commended the Committee for holding today’s hearing.

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The second, Kelsey Smith Act (HR 4889), introduced by Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS) would require telecommunications carriers to share location data for a telecommunications device with investigative or law enforcement officers if the device was used to place a 9-1-1 call or if the device is “reasonably believed to be in the possession of an individual that the law enforcement officer reasonably believes is in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm to the individual. 

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