Kari's Law: Family in Washington to witness President sign legislation into law

The family of Kari Hunt is in Washington D.C. to witness President Trump sign H.R. 582 into law.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the final version of the legislation, known as Kari's Law on Feb. 9, the same day that Kari would have turned 36 years old.

Hank Hunt, Kari's father, and her daughter are in Washington D.C. Friday to witness President Trump sign the legislation, ending a long journey of justice for his daughter.

Congressman Louie Gohmert released the following statement on the signing of Kari's Law:

Today is bittersweet for so many reasons. The Hunt family, brought in to Washington, D.C. by the White House, will witness the signing of legislation bearing their loved one’s namesake into law. Although this law will not reverse the heartbreaking loss of Kari Rene Hunt and all the horrors of that day, her legacy will now live on and safeguard others from experiencing a situation of this magnitude.

Today is monumental -- no longer should a child, or anyone for that matter, pick up the phone to call for help and get nothing.

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Kari's Law is headed to the White House after it passed the U.S. House of Representatives early Friday morning.

Introduced first in 2015, Kari’s Law will ensure that anyone who dials 9-1-1 can reach emergency personnel even if the phone typically requires that user to dial a prefix such as “9” or “7” to get an outside line.

The law is named after Kari Hunt, who was murdered in a Marshall hotel room by her estranged husband in 2013. Hunt's nine-year-old daughter tried to call 911 but could not get through because she did not know she had to dial nine to reach an outside line.

The bill is now headed to the White House for President Donald Trump's signature or veto on what would have been Kari's 36th birthday.

 

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