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H.R.1575: Kelsey Smith Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor Kevin Yoder, R-Kan.
Total Cosponsors 3 (1 Democrat, 2 Republicans)
Introduced April 15, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 2, 2015
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Bill Summary

Kelsey Smith Act - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to require a provider of a commercial mobile service or an IP-enabled voice service to furnish call location information concerning the telecommunications device of a user of such service at the request of an investigative or law enforcement officer.

Requires such a request to be accompanied by a sworn written statement from such officer stating facts that support that officer's probable cause to believe that disclosure without delay is required: (1) by an emergency involving risk of death or serious physical injury, or (2) in order to respond to the user's call for emergency services. Requires the law enforcement agency of such officer, within 48 hours after the officer makes such a request, to request a court order stating whether such officer had probable cause to believe that such conditions existed at the time of the request.

Shields a telecommunications carrier from any cause of action in any court or an...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 2, 2015 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 560.
Jan. 2, 2015 Committee on the Judiciary discharged.
Jan. 2, 2015 Referred sequentially to the House Committee on the Judiciary for a period ending not later than Jan. 2, 2015 for consideration of such provisions of the bill and amendments as fall within the jurisdiction of that committee pursuant to clause 1(l) of rule X.
Jan. 2, 2015 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 113-729, Part I.
July 30, 2014 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
July 30, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
July 29, 2014 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
April 19, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
April 15, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.