WASHINGTON D.C. (KLTV) - President Donald J. Trump signed Kari's Law Friday afternoon in the White House on the 50th anniversary of 911 systems in the United States.
Hank Hunt, Kari's father, and the driving force behind the legislation, witnessed the signing. Kari Hunt's daughter, now a teenager, was also present. The young woman was 9 years old in December 2013 when her mother was murdered in a Marshall hotel room. She tried calling 911 from the hotel room, but the multi-line phone system required an outside digit be dialed first, and her calls for help failed.
Hank Hunt promised his granddaughter that what happened to her would never happen to another person, and the passage of this bill into a national law will help ensure that.
The law is backed by the enforcement power of the Federal Communications Commission. All phone systems must be compliant within two years.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai shared his happiness with the following statement:
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, released a statement on the law Friday. Cornyn was a co-sponsor on the original bill.
"The grief and agony this family and their community have undergone is unimaginable. In an emergency, every second counts, and this law will help ensure that no more precious lives are lost in such a senseless way. I thank the President and my colleagues for their support of this life-saving measure," Cornyn said.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, also issued this statement:
"The Hunt family suffered enormous grief. No family should have to endure that kind of pain. Had the technology been accessible during Kari's time of need, she might still be alive. I am grateful for my colleagues in both the House and the Senate for their support, and am glad President Trump has signed this life-saving bill into law," Cruz said.