Summary of the Committee Version of the Bill
HCS HB 1108 -- EMERGENCY CALL LOCATION INFORMATION
SPONSOR: Pollock (Lauer)
COMMITTEE ACTION: Voted "do pass by consent" by the Committee on
Utilities by a vote of 20 to 0.
This substitute requires a telecommunications carrier and certain
commercial mobile service providers to provide, upon request,
call location information concerning the user of a
telecommunications service or a wireless communications service
to a law enforcement official or agency in order to respond to a
call for emergency service or to provide information in an
emergency situation that involves danger of death or serious
physical injury to any person where disclosure of communications
relating to an emergency is required without delay. There will
be no cause of action in any court against any telecommunications
carrier or telecommunications service or commercial mobile
service providers as well as telecommunications service or
wireless communications services or its officers, employees,
agents, or other specified persons for providing this information
to a law enforcement official or agency.
These provisions cannot prohibit a telecommunications carrier or
commercial mobile service provider from establishing protocols by
which it can voluntarily disclose call location information.
FISCAL NOTE: No impact on state funds in FY 2013, FY 2014, and
PROPONENTS: Supporters say that the bill will help save lives
and locate missing individuals who may be in danger or injured.
Emergency phone operators often need to determine the location of
a caller if the information cannot be obtained during the 911
call. This technology helped find many victims of the Joplin
tornado. Similar legislation has passed in five other states.
Most children now have cell phones and companies can use
available technology to determine a child’s location if his or
her parent makes a missing report to the police.
Testifying for the bill were Representative Lauer; Sara Hayes,
Mid America Regional Council of 911 Providers; Verizon
Communications; and Greg and Melissa Smith.
OPPONENTS: There was no opposition voiced to the committee.
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