Bill to help rescue of kidnapping victims passes Ohio Senate

Kelsey Smith

A bill intended to help increase the safety of Ohioans in emergency situations has passed the state Senate.

State Senator Edna Brown (Democrat - Toledo) said Kelsey's Law (SB 5) was given passage by the Ohio Senate on Wednesday by a vote of 32-1. The bill, introduced by Senator Brown, would assist law enforcement officials when responding to certain emergency situations such as abductions.

"We have worked diligently with all interested parties to bring Kelsey's Law to the floor...for this favorable vote," said Senator Brown. "I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues in the House to move this bill forward and make Ohioans safer."

The bill is named for Kelsey Smith, a Kansas teenager who was abducted in 2007. Her body wasn't found until four days later when her cell phone provider released information.

The law is said to be designed so that if someone is kidnapped, law enforcement can immediately go to the cell phone provider and get information regarding the location.

Bills similar to Kelsey's Law have been enacted in eight other states.

"Kelsey's Law has helped save lives in the eight states where it has been implemented and it will help save lives in Ohio," said Senator Brown. "This is an important piece of legislation and I am proud to be a part of implementing it in our state."

The bill will now move on to the Ohio House.