It's official: President signs Kari's Law
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:
"I am thrilled that Kari's Law has now become the law of the land. An access code should not stand between people who call 911 in need of help and emergency responders who can provide assistance.
Many people now know the tragedy that inspired this legislation. In 2013, Kari Rene Hunt Dunn was attacked and killed by her estranged husband in a Marshall, Texas hotel room. Her then-nine-year old daughter tried to call 911 four times, as she had been taught to do. But her calls for help never went through because the hotel's phone system required guests to dial 9 before calling 911.
Today is the culmination of many years of hard work by Hank Hunt, Kari's father, to raise public awareness and create real change. I've had the privilege of working with Hank for almost five years to get to this point. I've been so impressed with his dedication and am proud to stand beside him today as we honor his daughter and make sure this tragic situation doesn't happen again. I thank Hank and the many others who have supported his cause for the tireless efforts that made today possible. I also applaud President Trump and Congress for recognizing the critical need for this law and making it a reality."
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.
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