Stephens Bill to Establish Kelsey Smith Act in Pennsylvania Passes Committee
HARRISBURG --The House Consumer Affairs Committee has just passed legislation sponsored by Rep. Todd Stephens (R-Montgomery) to require wireless service providers to help locate potential crime victims.

House Bill 1365, also known as the “Kelsey Smith Act,” would require wireless providers to send a signal to locate a potential crime victim’s cell phone at the request of law enforcement officials as a way of helping to locate the missing person when there is sufficient information to believe there is a risk or threat of death or serious physical harm.

The “Kelsey Smith Act” is named after an 18-year-old Kansas woman who was abducted, sexually assaulted and murdered in 2007. The tragedy resulted in a nationwide movement by her parents and other advocates to ensure that law enforcement authorities can receive assistance from cell phone providers to help find a missing person.

“In Kelsey Smith’s case, surveillance video showed there was reason to believe she been abducted,” Stephens said. “But because she did not dial 911, her location was not released by her cell phone provider despite pleas from her family and law enforcement officials.”

After four days, the technology was used to pinpoint the location of her cell phone and her body was found within 45 minutes.

“That’s why it is imperative that the House pass this bill to protect the potential victims of crime,” Stephens said. 

Representative Todd Stephens
151st District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: David Foster
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