Legislation


115th CONGRESS
1st Session                                                          S. 123


To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1–1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, and for other purposes.IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 12, 2017

Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Thune, and Mr. Cruz) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1–1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Kari’s Law Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Default configuration of multi-line telephone systems for direct dialing of 9–1–1.

(a) In general.—Title VII of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 721. Default configuration of multi-line telephone systems for direct dialing of 9–1–1.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section—

“(1) the term ‘multi-line telephone system’ has the meaning given the term in section 6502 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1471); and

“(2) the term ‘public safety answering point’ has the meaning given the term in section 222(h).

“(b) Multi-Line telephone system functionality.—A person engaged in the business of manufacturing, importing, selling, or leasing multi-line telephone systems may not manufacture or import for use in the United States or sell or lease or offer to sell or lease in the United States a multi-line telephone system unless the technology of the system has the capabilities described in subsections (c) and (e).

“(c) Multi-Line telephone system installation.—A person engaged in the business of installing multi-line telephone systems serving locations in the United States may not install such a system in the United States unless, upon installation, the system allows a call that is initiated when a user dials 9–1–1 from any station equipped with dialing facilities to be transmitted to the appropriate public safety answering point—

“(1) without requiring the user to dial any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, including any trunk-access code (such as the digit 9); and

“(2) regardless of whether the user is required to dial a digit, code, prefix, or post-fix described in paragraph (1) for other calls.

“(d) Other 9–1–1 emergency dialing patterns.—Nothing in this section shall prohibit the configuration of a multi-line telephone system so that other 9–1–1 emergency dialing patterns will also initiate a call to a public safety answering point, provided that the dialing pattern 9–1–1 remains available to users.

“(e) On-Site notification.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—A person engaged in the business of installing multi-line telephone systems serving locations in the United States, in installing a system described in paragraph (2) in the United States, shall configure the system so that when a person at the facility where the system is installed initiates a call to 9–1–1 using the system, the system provides a notification to—

“(A) a central location at the facility; or

“(B) a person or organization with responsibility for safety or security for the location as designated by the manager or operator of the system.

“(2) APPLICATION.—A system described in this paragraph is a multi-line telephone system that is able to be configured to provide the notification described in paragraph (1) without any improvement to the system.

“(f) Regulations.—

“(1) AUTHORITY.—The Commission may prescribe regulations to carry out this section.

“(2) TECHNOLOGICALLY NEUTRAL.—Regulations prescribed under paragraph (1) shall, to the extent practicable, promote the purposes of this section in a technologically neutral manner.

“(g) Enforcement.—This section shall be enforced under title V, except that section 501 applies only to the extent that the section provides for the imposition of a fine.

“(h) Effect on state law.—Nothing in this section or in 115th CONGRESS
1st Session                                                          S. 123


To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1–1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, and for other purposes.IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
January 12, 2017

Ms. Klobuchar (for herself, Mrs. Fischer, Mr. Schatz, Mr. Cornyn, Mr. Thune, and Mr. Cruz) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

A BILL

To amend the Communications Act of 1934 to require multi-line telephone systems to have a default configuration that permits users to directly initiate a call to 9–1–1 without dialing any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Kari’s Law Act of 2017”.

SEC. 2. Default configuration of multi-line telephone systems for direct dialing of 9–1–1.

(a) In general.—Title VII of the Communications Act of 1934 (47 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 721. Default configuration of multi-line telephone systems for direct dialing of 9–1–1.

“(a) Definitions.—In this section—

“(1) the term ‘multi-line telephone system’ has the meaning given the term in section 6502 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1471); and

“(2) the term ‘public safety answering point’ has the meaning given the term in section 222(h).

“(b) Multi-Line telephone system functionality.—A person engaged in the business of manufacturing, importing, selling, or leasing multi-line telephone systems may not manufacture or import for use in the United States or sell or lease or offer to sell or lease in the United States a multi-line telephone system unless the technology of the system has the capabilities described in subsections (c) and (e).

“(c) Multi-Line telephone system installation.—A person engaged in the business of installing multi-line telephone systems serving locations in the United States may not install such a system in the United States unless, upon installation, the system allows a call that is initiated when a user dials 9–1–1 from any station equipped with dialing facilities to be transmitted to the appropriate public safety answering point—

“(1) without requiring the user to dial any additional digit, code, prefix, or post-fix, including any trunk-access code (such as the digit 9); and

“(2) regardless of whether the user is required to dial a digit, code, prefix, or post-fix described in paragraph (1) for other calls.

“(d) Other 9–1–1 emergency dialing patterns.—Nothing in this section shall prohibit the configuration of a multi-line telephone system so that other 9–1–1 emergency dialing patterns will also initiate a call to a public safety answering point, provided that the dialing pattern 9–1–1 remains available to users.

“(e) On-Site notification.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—A person engaged in the business of installing multi-line telephone systems serving locations in the United States, in installing a system described in paragraph (2) in the United States, shall configure the system so that when a person at the facility where the system is installed initiates a call to 9–1–1 using the system, the system provides a notification to—

“(A) a central location at the facility; or

“(B) a person or organization with responsibility for safety or security for the location as designated by the manager or operator of the system.

“(2) APPLICATION.—A system described in this paragraph is a multi-line telephone system that is able to be configured to provide the notification described in paragraph (1) without any improvement to the system.

“(f) Regulations.—

“(1) AUTHORITY.—The Commission may prescribe regulations to carry out this section.

“(2) TECHNOLOGICALLY NEUTRAL.—Regulations prescribed under paragraph (1) shall, to the extent practicable, promote the purposes of this section in a technologically neutral manner.

“(g) Enforcement.—This section shall be enforced under title V, except that section 501 applies only to the extent that the section provides for the imposition of a fine.

“(h) Effect on state law.—Nothing in this section or in regulations prescribed under this section shall be construed to prevent any State from enforcing any State law that is not inconsistent with this section.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to a multi-line telephone system that is manufactured, imported, offered for first sale or lease, first sold or leased, or installed after the date that is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.ur paragraph here.regulations prescribed under this section shall be construed to prevent any State from enforcing any State law that is not inconsistent with this section.”.

(b) Effective date.—The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to a multi-line telephone system that is manufactured, imported, offered for first sale or lease, first sold or leased, or installed after the date that is 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.

The State of Illinois







Public Act 098-0875
 

SB3313 Enrolled LRB098 18400 JLK 53537 b
    AN ACT concerning local government.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 5. The Emergency Telephone System Act is amended by
adding Section 15.8 as follows:
 
    (50 ILCS 750/15.8 new)
    Sec. 15.8. 9-1-1 dialing from a business.
    (a) Any entity that installs or operates a private business
switch service and provides telecommunications facilities or
services to businesses shall ensure that all systems installed
on or after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the
98th General Assembly are connected to the public switched
network in a manner such that when a user dials "9-1-1", the
emergency call connects to the 9-1-1 system without first
dialing any number or set of numbers.
    (b) The requirements of this Section do not apply to:
        (1) any entity certified by the Illinois Commerce
    Commission to operate a Private Emergency Answering Point
    as defined in 83 Ill. Adm. Code 726.105; or
        (2) correctional institutions and facilities as
    defined in subsection (d) of Section 3-1-2 of the Unified
    Code of Corrections.
    (c) An entity that violates this Section is guilty of a

business offense and shall be fined not less than $1,000 and
not more than $5,000.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect July 1,
2015.

Signing Kari's Law in Texas.