• Kari’s Law Enacted
  • March 7, 2018 | Author: Kathleen M. Slattery
  • Law Firm: Keller and Heckman LLP - Washington Office
  • While voting on the budget to end a short government shutdown, Congress passed a final version of Kari’s Law, affecting multiline telephone systems (IP or TDM) operated by businesses and government agencies installed two years after the law’s enactment. Kari’s Law requires all MLTS systems be configured to enable users to dial “9-1-1” to reach the local PSAP, as opposed to dialing “9+9-1-1.” Kari’s law is named after a young woman who tried numerous times unsuccessfully to dial 9-1-1 from a hotel room, but could not do so because of having to dial “9” to access the PSTN and the local PSAP. Kari’s law first picked up steam late in the Summer when versions of the bill passed in both the House and the Senate (Vol. XIV, Issue 32). The law, as enacted, contains aspects of both versions of the bill.