Texas Business Alert: New Law on 911 Access

Date: August 31, 2016

Last session, a bill was passed called Kari’s Law. 
Background: On May 15, 2015, Governor Abbott signed Senate Bill 788 (Kari’s Law). The law represents the culmination of efforts in the aftermath of the murder of Kari Hunt in a motel room in Marshall, Texas. Ms. Hunt’s 9-year-old daughter tried to call 9-1-1 for help four times from the motel room phone. The call never went through because she did not know to first dial “9” for an outbound line before dialing “9-1-1.” On March 1, 2016, Commission on State Emergency Communications Rule 251.16 (Direct Access to 9-1-1 Service) adopted to implement Kari’s Law went into effect.
What this means: As a business owner, you need to contact your provider and the provider can generally do it over the phone. 
How to get in compliance: A business can file a waiver for a year to get it done (even though it’s really simply and cost free to make the change).

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