The Immediate Need To Ping Advances In PA Senate

HARRISBURG – Legislation intended to save lives by speeding up the process used to help locate missing people has been approved by the PA Senate. Senate Bill 1290 would require wireless providers to “ping” the cell phone of a missing person at the request of law enforcement officials when there is sufficient information to believe there is a risk of death or physical harm. Presently, subpoenas are required to start the process. Prior to Senate passage, Allegheny County Sen. Randy Vulakovich explained it can take days to get a subpoena and the need to locate a missing person is immediate. The FCC requires cell phone manufacturers to include GPS receivers in cell phones. This has allowed first responders to pinpoint the location of 911 callers in an emergency. The bill is named for 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, a Kansas woman who was kidnapped and murdered in 2007. The measure now goes to the state House for consideration. Fourteen other states have passed similar legislation.

SEN. RANDY VULAKOVICH

SEN. RANDY VULAKOVICH

 

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