State Representative Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) announced today that her legislation to allow law enforcement to pinpoint cell phone location in cases of kidnapping and other emergencies was signed into law today.
“This is a commonsense public safety law that will make it easier for law enforcement to bring kidnapping victims and others home safely,” Rep. Mazzochi said.
The legislation (SB 2530) ensures wireless providers can quickly deliver cell phone location information to law enforcement in cases when a person has been determined by law enforcement to be at risk of death or serious physical harm. Since 2009, 27 other states have adopted similar legislation, known as Kelsey’s Law. The law was first passed in Kansas in response to the kidnapping and murder of teenager Kelsey Smith in 2007.
“This law is an important tool to add to the efforts of police in the critical hours surrounding a missing child, elderly person, or other emergency,” Rep. Mazzochi continued. “People are never far from their phones these days, and allowing law enforcement to quickly access geolocation information in these limited emergency situations can hopefully save lives.”
The bipartisan bill, sponsored in the Senate by John Curran (R-Lemont) passed unanimously from both legislative chambers before being signed into law by Governor Pritzker on Friday, August 20th.