September 9, 2015

9-1-1 Calls from Multi-Line Telephone Systems

OLR Report 2015-R-0179 explores the issue of direct 9-1-1 dialing from multi-line telephone systems.  This issue gained national attention after a Texas woman, Kari Rene Hunt, was murdered in a hotel bathroom while her nine-year old daughter tried repeatedly to dial 9-1-1, not realizing that she had to dial "9" first to reach an outside line.  Texas went on to become the first state to require direct 9-1-1 dialing, passing "Kari's Law," which will take effect on September 1, 2015.  Similar legislation has been passed in Illinois and Maryland.  No legislation requiring direct 9-1-1 dialing has ever been proposed in Connecticut. 

Read the full report here.