Overland Park, KS, February 03, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- Today Executive Director of the Kelsey Smith Foundation Greg Smith applauded the Hawaii State Legislature for moving forward on Kelsey’s Law.
“I am very pleased we are starting to see more legislatures take steps towards approving Kelsey’s law as Kansas has. This law has helped and will continue to help law enforcement in locating people who are in danger,” said Smith. “I don’t want other families to suffer needlessly as mine has.”
Last week the Hawaii legislative committee on Public Safety, Government Operations and Military Affairs held a public hearing on Kelsey’s law which will allow law enforcement officials access to cell phone records when a person is believed to be in harm’s way. The bill was filed by State Senator Will Espero and co-sponsored by numerous other legislators.
Smith is the father of Kelsey Smith who was abducted from a Target store in 2007 just nine days after graduating from high school. During the 4 day search for Kelsey, her family and police were denied access to cell phone records that would have helped locate her.
Kelsey’s law is supported by not only law enforcement, but also cell phone companies such as AT & T, Sprint and Verizon. If passed in Hawaii it would be the sixth state to do so.
As a former police officer, Smith wants to make sure that law enforcement officials have to the necessary tools and information they need to prevent a tragedy like Kelsey’s from ever happening again. Passage of the Kansas law is credited with saving two lives already.
Smith and his wife, Missey, established the Kelsey Smith Foundation to empower families, friends, and communities to proactively protect one of its most precious resources, namely its youth and young adults. They have traveled across the country working to pass Kelsey’s law and educate the public on personal safety. He is also a member of the Kansas House of Representatives, District 22, and has announced his candidacy for the Kansas State Senate this year.