Nebraska legislators advanced a bill on Thursday, that would require wireless carriers to provide the best available call location information on a wireless device, at the request of any law enforcement agency.
Senator Tim Gay’s bill, seeks to improve response in cases where there is risk of serious harm or death.
Under current state law, wireless carriers may VOLUNTARILY provide call information location, but are not required to do so.
Under the measure, wireless carriers would NOT be liable for providing the information while acting in good faith. The measure would also require wireless companies to provide company contact information on a semi-annual basis, to the Nebraska State Patrol. Kansas Governor Mark Parkinson signed a similar law in 2009.
The bill is called the Kelsey Smith Act named for an Overland Park, Kansas girl, who was killed in May of 2007, after being abducted from an Overland Park Target Store. Her family and law enforcement had difficulty getting her wireless phone information from the company that provided the service.
Edwin R. Hall of Olathe, Kansas pleaded guility to abduction, rape and murder and is serving a life sentence in Kansas.
Thanks Doug Kennedy, KWBE, Beatrice