Kansas House Passes Phone Ping Bill

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Kansas House passes a bill requiring cell phone companies to cooperate with law enforcement officials inan emergency.

The bill passed with a 118-1 vote Friday and went to the Senate.

It says cell phone companies must release caller location information promptly to police when requested. Cell phone signals, known as pings, can be used to track a phone's location.

The bill was inspired by the 2007 kidnapping and murder in Johnson County of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith.

Her parents have pointed to a delay in getting their daughter's cell phone provider to cooperate with police. The couple does not believe that quicker release of the cell information would have saved their daughter's life.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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