The House cleared a trio of communications bills Monday night, including one meant to make it easier to dial 911 in some situations and another that supporters say makes the Federal Communications Commission more transparent.

Kari’s Law mandates that multi-line phone systems allow people to dial 911 directly. The bill was inspired by the death of Kari Dunn, who was stabbed to death in 2013 while her young child tried and failed to dial 911 because she didn’t know to dial the number “9” before the emergency services number.

{mosads}It also requires phone systems to notify people at the location where it is installed, like a hotel, that someone has dialed 911. The bill passed on a voice vote.

“In the heat of emergency, every person in America deserves the peace of mind to know that on any phone, 9-1-1 means 9-1-1. Period,” said Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), who chairs the technology subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

The House also passed a bill requiring the Federal Communications Commission to publish the content of rules it approves within 24 hours of the last dissent on the item being submitted.

The third bill, the Securing Access to Networks in Disasters Act, requires the commission to start a proceeding with the aim of making sure that people have access to mobile service during the disasters. It passed 389 to 2.

One bill, however, failed to pass under suspension of the rules — a bruising outcome for House leadership. That legalisation would have required telecommunications operators to provider law enforcement with cellphone location data in emergency situations.

But advocates said that it was too broadly written and had the potential to be abused by police officers. Walden said he hopes to try to get the bill passed again some time in the future.


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