Kari's Law would require multi-line telephone systems (such as in hotels and offices) to allow users to directly call 911 emergency services without dialing any additional “digit, code, prefix, or post-fix.”
The bill would affect anyone who manufactures, imports, sells, leases, or installs multi-line telephone systems. At every step of the way, the legislation would require phone systems to be designed and configured to allow direct calls to 911. Even if a system usually requires an additional digit to make outgoing calls (such as a leading 9), 9-1-1 would need to be dial-able directly.
Additionally, the bill would require multi-line phone systems to be configured in a way that notifies onsite personnel when anyone in the facility calls 911 — as long as the system is capable of such a feature.The legislation would apply to multi-line telephone systems that are manufactured, imported, offered for first sale or lease, first sold or leased, or installed, starting two years after enactment. Failure to adhere to this law would be punishable by fine.