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Today the Senate passed Senate Bill 5, sponsored by State Senator Gayle Manning, which establishes guidelines by which law enforcement can obtain access to cell phone records, including GPS tracking, for an individual who is believed to have been abducted and whose life may be in danger.

“This is a simple, bipartisan initiative that gives additional, life-saving tools to law enforcement officials to use in solving abduction cases,” said Manning. “I’m sure many Ohioans would find it shocking to hear that the changes reflected in this legislation are not already practice in Ohio.”

Called “Kelsey’s Law,” Senate Bill 5 was named for Kelsey Smith, a Kansas woman who was abducted and murdered. Due to legal questions, it took several days for law enforcement to obtain Kelsey’s cell phone records. Once the records were turned over, her body was located within an hour.

“As a mother and grandmother, I would never want any tools to be withheld from law enforcement if they were looking for someone I loved,” added Manning. “This bill brings together law enforcement, the telecommunications industry, and even major civil rights organizations in the name of keeping Ohioans safe.”

During Senate hearings, the bill, which Senator Manning jointly-sponsored with State Senator Edna Brown (D–Toledo), received the support of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police, among others.

The bill now moves to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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