Kari’s Law was passed in Texas on March 1, 2015. It was named for Kari Hunt who was murdered in a hotel room in Marshall. Her nine year old daughter tried to call 9-1-1 several times for help, however her call never went through. She did not realize that she first had to dial 9 to reach an outside line. Since then, Kari’s father has campaigned to have legislation changed.
The law states that businesses with a multi-line telephone system now have to provide direct access to 9-1-1, so that the user does not have to first dial an initial number. If a phone system, also known as a multi-line telephone system (MLTS), cannot be reprogrammed or replaced to meet the new requirements without the business incurring undue and unreasonable costs, a one-year waiver can be granted. During the waiver period each non-compliant handset must have an instructional sticker immediately next to or on. The instructional sticker must be printed in a minimum 16-point boldface font, instructing the caller how to access 9-1-1 in both. The label must be printed in both English and Spanish.
Kari’s Law also requires a MLTS be programmed to send notification of a 9-1-1 call to a central location on site at of the facility from where the 9-1-1 call was made.
The law was introduced into the House of Representatives. To-date, 24 states currently have E-911 legislation enacted or pending that requires businesses and organizations over a certain size, or those purchasing a new PBX system, to implement the new E911 regulations. The US states with legislation in place are as follows:
The states with legislation currently pending are: