Senator Brown Introduces Kelsey's Law
Legislation aids response in life threatening emergencies
February 13, 2013
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Columbus – Senator Edna Brown (D-Toledo) introduced legislation, Senate Bill 5, to assist law enforcement agencies respond to emergencies. The bill will require wireless service providers to release call location information to law enforcement officials during certain emergency situations. The legislation is jointly sponsored with Senator Gayle Manning (R- North Ridgeville).

“It is important to provide law enforcement officials in Ohio with every resource possible to quickly and successfully respond to emergency situations, especially those that involve the threat of serious physical injury or death to individuals,” said Senator Brown.

Senate Bill 5 is named for a Kansas teenager, Kelsey Smith, who was abducted on June 2, 2007 and found dead four days later. In response to this tragedy, Kansas passed model legislation for this bill in 2009. Similar legislation has since been introduced and enacted in seven other states.

“This is a simple bill that codifies what is already common practice for many service providers.  I am encouraged by the bi-partisan support this bill has received and hope that it will move quickly. After meeting with representatives from law enforcement and the telecommunications industry, I am confident that this bill will make a positive impact in Ohio.”

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