Mother Of Murdered Teenager Testifies In Support Of Kelsey's Law
"Missey Smith: Kelsey's Law saves lives"
March 13, 2013
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Senator Brown with Missey Smith, mother of Kelsey Smith prior to her testimony.

Columbus –Today, Missey Smith, the mother of Kansas teenager Kelsey Smith, who was abducted and murdered in 2007, testified in support of Kelsey’s Law (SB 5) during a hearing of the Ohio Senate Public Safety, Local Government and Veterans Affairs Committee.

“Kelsey’s Law saves lives,” said Smith. “It works and the good news is that the cost is nothing. After this legislation passed in other states we have received emails and heard from 911 managers of how the law works and of situations where lives were saved. There was an elderly gentleman who had a stroke and could only remember his wife’s phone number but did not know where he was. With Kelsey’s law they were able to find him in time and to get him the medical assistance he needed.”

The legislation, sponsored by Senators Edna Brown (D-Toledo) and Gayle Manning (R-North Ridgeville) would require wireless service providers to release call location information to law enforcement officials during certain emergency situations.

“This is a simple, common sense step that will help save lives in Ohio,” said Senator Brown.  “As we heard from Mrs. Smith’s testimony today, that is exactly what the bill has done in other states.”

The legislation was signed into law in Kansas on April 17, 2009. It provides law enforcement with a way to quickly ascertain the location of a wireless telecommunications device if a person has been determined, by law enforcement, to be at risk of death or serious physical harm due to being kidnapped and/or missing.

“I want to thank Missey Smith for traveling so far to testify in support of this bill,” said Senator Brown.  “Her dedication and relentless work on this issue is truly remarkable and I think it is a wonderful way to honor the memory of her daughter.” 

As of January 16, 2013 the Kelsey Smith Law has been passed in Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Tennessee, Hawaii and Missouri. 

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