Governor Colyer Signs HB 2524 to Protect Victims Access to Cellular Service in Situations of Domestic Abuse
TOPEKA – Governor Jeff Colyer today signed HB 2524 allowing petitioners to request a transfer of the rights to a wireless telephone number while seeking a Protection from Abuse Act or a Protection from Stalking or Sexual Assault Act. The bill requires cellular service providers in Kansas ensure those seeking protection orders can continue to have access to their cellular service and bars any company from charging a fee for this service.
“In light of National Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Awareness Month, I am pleased to be able to sign this bill today,” the Governor said. HB 2524 removes the ability for abusers to isolate their victims from loved ones and use access to cellular service as leverage against them. This is great news for those trying to escape a dangerous or abusive situation. As Governor, I will continue to fight bring a voice to the voiceless and work to make our state a safer place for all Kansans.”
The legislation was supported by major wireless carriers like AT&T and passed through the legislature on a bi-partisan basis.