- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas lawmakers have given final legislative approval to a bill requiring companies to release the location of a cellphone when asked by police in emergencies.

The bill approved by the Arkansas Senate on a 32-1 vote on Thursday would require communications carriers to release the information to law enforcement when requested to respond to a call for emergency services or in an emergency situation that involves the risk of death or serious physical harm.

The bill, which was approved by the House last week, now heads to Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s desk.

The bill is patterned after measures approved in 17 other states and is named after Kelsey Smith, a teenager who was kidnapped from a Target parking lot and murdered in Kansas in 2007.

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