U.S. House votes to approve Kari’s Law
By Belen Casillas, KLTV
(KLTV) -The U.S. House passed a bill Monday requiring business owners across to provide a direct 9-1-1 dial access.The bill will be sent next to the U.S. Senate, who will vote on it before it ultimately, if passed by the Senate, lands on the President's desk for a signature.
The House voted 408-0 in favor of the Kari's Law bill.
Kari’s Law came about after an East Texas mother, Kari Hunt, was attacked by her estranged husband at Marshall’s Baymont Inn & Suites in December of 2013. In attempts to help, her 9-year-old daughter dialed 9-1-1 several times, but her call never reached emergency crews because she didn’t dial an extra 9 to get out before dialing 9-1-1.
Under the law, Bill 788, all business and buildings with a multi-line telephone system are required to make changes to their telephone system in order to dial directly out without the extra digit before 9-1-1.