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RI House OKs Cellphone Tracking Bill

RI House OKs Cellphone Tracking Bill


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ The Rhode Island House has passed legislation designed to make it easier for police to track the cellphones of missing people.
 
The House approved the bill Wednesday. The Senate passed its own version of the bill last month. Following a final vote the bill will go to Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
 
The legislation would require cellphone providers to give information on a phone's location if police determine the owner is in danger.
 
The bill was prompted by the 2007 disappearance and slaying of an 18-year-old woman in Kansas. Police attempted to find her using her phone's location, but her cellphone provider initially refused to cooperate.
 
Supporters say the bill would help police find abduction victims, dead bodies or lost or injured people.
 

Eight states have similar laws.

 

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