H. B. 4035
(By Delegates Perry, Shaver and Smith)
[Introduced January 12, 2012; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §15-3-10, relating to to public safety; requiring wireless telecommunications service providers to provide call locations for emergencies; providing for the Kelsey Smith Act.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §15-3-10, to read as follows:
CHAPTER 15. PUBLIC SAFETY.
ARTICLE 3. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR POLICE PURPOSES.
§15-3-10. Disclosure of call location information; emergency situations.
(a) Upon request of a law-enforcement agency, a wireless telecommunications carrier shall provide call location information concerning the telecommunications device of the user to the requesting law-enforcement agency in order to respond to a call for emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, nothing in this section prohibits a wireless telecommunications carrier from establishing protocols by which the carrier could voluntarily disclose call location information.
(c) No cause of action shall lie in any court against any wireless telecommunications carrier, its officers, employees, agents or other specified persons for providing call location information while acting in good faith and in accordance with the provisions of this section.
(d) (1) All wireless telecommunications carriers registered to do business in the State of West Virginia or submitting to the jurisdiction thereof and all resellers of wireless telecommunications services shall submit their emergency contact information to the West Virginia State Police in order to facilitate requests from a law-enforcement agency for call location information in accordance with this section. This contact information must be submitted annually by June 15th or immediately upon any change in contact information.
(2) The State Police shall maintain a database containing emergency contact information for all wireless telecommunications carriers registered to do business in the State of West Virginia and shall make the information immediately available upon request to all public safety answer points in the state.
(e) The Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police shall prescribe and promulgate reasonable rules to fulfill the requirements of this section no later than July 1, 2013.
(f) This section shall be known and may be cited as the “Kelsey Smith Act.”
NOTE: The purpose of this section is to require wireless telecommunications companies to release location information of a missing person's cell phone in a timely manner to law enforcement in emergency situations, rather than requiring a judge's order.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.