Kari's Law one step closer to becoming national law

Kari's Law one step closer to becoming national law
A state law, inspired by a woman who was killed in an East Texas motel more than two years ago, has made a major step to becoming federal law. 
Kari Hunt was murdered by her estranged husband at a Marshall motel in  December 2013.
Her nine-year-old daughter tried dialing 911 from the hotel room during the attack but was not able to get through, because she did not know she had to dial "9" to connect to an outside line.
It's a problem our KLTV 7 investigative team has been looking into for more than a year with the Hunt family, getting the problem fixed at that Marshall hotel, any many others in the area
Now Kari’s family wants it fixed for the entire country, with a law named after Kari that has been approved by the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
The proposed federal Kari’s law now move on to be voted on by the full house energy and commerce committee.
Kari's law requires public buildings to provide direct access to 911, instead of requiring them to dial any additional number or code.
Kari Hunt's father was in Washington D.C on April 13 addressing the committee about the need for Kari’s law on a national level.

“We don't teach our children to dial an access number it isn't always the number nine either,” Hank Hunt, Keri Hunt’s father, said while addressing the committee on April 13.

While he was in D.C., Hunt was able to speak with Representative Greg Walden from Oregon, who is the Chairman of the House subcommittee that just approved the bill. Hunt returned from D.C. last week. On Wednesday, Hunt said he is surprised at how quickly the bill is starting to move.

“I never dreamed it would be this far this quick. I had hoped and planned on working with it and going with it until it got to this point but I was looking 5,6,7 years down the road not 2 years,” Hunt said.

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