US House rejects cellphone tracking measure

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The U.S. House has voted down legislation that would require cellphone carriers to provide call location information to law enforcement in dire situations without a search warrant.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the measure rejected Monday is similar to laws enacted in more than 20 states since the 2007 abduction and murder of 18-year-old Kelsey Smith, of Overland Park, Kansas. Cellphone signals helped lead police to her body in a wooded area of Missouri four days after her abduction from a Target store parking lot.

Smith’s parents have pointed to a delay in getting their daughter’s cellphone provider to cooperate with police. The couple has said they don’t believe their daughter’s life would have been saved had the information been released quicker, but they say it could help others.

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