Summary of the Committee Version of the Bill


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

FY 2015.

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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