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Karis's Law • RAY BAUM'S Act • Alyssa's Law

911 Legislation Overview

As new technologies, such as Next Generation 911, are developed, multiple government entities may coordinate together in investment and governance. Shared planning and implementation may require changes to existing laws or additional documentation and legislation. Below, find resources to help navigate governance and legislative changes, including: a database that tracks changes to state and territory 911 laws, legislative language and model state 911 plan documents, and a current map of the 911 authority structure in each state and territory.

Kari's Law Summary

Kari's Law ensures that anyone can reach a 911 call center when dialing 911 from an MLTS. The law is named in honor of Kari Hunt, who was killed in a motel room by her estranged husband in 2013. Her daughter tried to call 911 four times, but the calls never went through because the motel's phone system required dialing "9" before any call to secure an outbound phone line.

Under the statute, which went into effect on February 16, 2020, MLTS vendors and manufacturers must configure new phone systems to support direct dialing 911. The system must also send a notification to a central location on- or off-site, such as a front desk or security kiosk. The notification will provide an alert that a 911 call was placed and include a callback number and information about the caller's location.

RAY BAUM'S Act Summary

RAY BAUM'S Act emphasizes the importance of making dispatchable location information from all 911 calls available to Public Safety Answering Point's (PSAPs), regardless of the technological platform used. The FCC states "dispatchable location means a location delivered to the PSAP with a 911 call that consists of the validated street address of the calling party, plus additional information such as suite, apartment or similar information."

Karis Law And RAY BAUM'S Act Summary

In August 2019, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted rules implementing two federal laws that strengthen emergency calling – Kari's Law and RAY BAUM'S Act - will make it easier for callers to reach 911, and for emergency services to locate those callers.

Contacting a 911 call center from a large facility like an office building, hotel or university campus has not always been as simple as dialing 911. Such facilities typically have multi-line telephone systems (MLTS) which provide challenges in getting help from 911, such as:

  • Securing an outside line, since MLTS often require callers to dial a number or code before connecting to an outside line, and
  • Providing accurate information about the caller's location within the building or complex

Alyssa' Law Summary

Alyssa's Law is critical legislation to improve the response time of law enforcement when life-threatening emergency occurs at K-12 schools. It mandates that all elementary and secondary school buildings be equipped with silent panic alarms that directly notify law enforcement. When seconds count, law enforcement will get on the scene quicker, take down a threat and triage any victims.

On October 4th, 2019, Alyssa's Law was introduced to Congress at the Federal Level.

To-date legislation for Alyssa's Law is as follows:

  • Alyssa's Law PASSED in New Jersey on 2/6/2019 and has gone into effect.
  • Alyssa's Law PASSED in Florida on 6/30/2020 and has gone into effect.
  • Alyssa's Law IN PROGRESS in Arizona
  • Alyssa's Law IN PROGRESS in Nebraska
  • Alyssa's Law IN PROGRESS in New York
  • Alyssa's Law IN PROGRESS in Texas
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