ALTON, IL – In response to an emergency situation where a young child was unable to reach emergency services, legislation supported by State Rep. Dan Beiser, D-Alton, to make it easier to dial 9-1-1 without worrying about a special code to dial out from an office or phone system, was signed into law last week.

“We are taught from a young age to dial 9-1-1 during an emergency,” Beiser said. “When the seconds count, there should be nothing standing in the way from someone who needs assistance.”

Get The Latest News!

Don't miss our top stories and need-to-know news everyday in your inbox.

Beiser helped pass Senate Bill 3313 to require private businesses that use a switchboard service to allow a caller dialing 9-1-1 to be connected without first dialing any number or set of numbers. The bill was introduced after a young girl in Texas tried to call 9-1-1 from a motel, where her mother had been attacked.  The girl was unable to be connected to emergency services because she didn’t know she had to dial 9 first, and her mother did not survive.

Article continues after sponsor message

“The terror this little girl in Texas went through when she couldn’t reach emergency services could have easily happened here in Illinois,” Beiser said. “Thanks to this legislation, if a similar emergency situation happens in the future, a person will be able to quickly reach 9-1-1 dispatchers.

For any questions or concerns about state-related issues, please contact Beiser’s constituent service office at  618-465-5900. 

# # # 

More like this:

Mar 27, 2024 - The Healing Haus to Promote Healing Through Empowerment Series

5 days ago - Two Die In Crash On Illinois 159, Others Transported To Hospital With Injuries

Mar 21, 2024 - 2024 Women of Distinction: Teresa Howard-Johnson Empowers Teen Parents

Feb 26, 2024 - Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois Say Two More Weeks to Get Your Cookies and Help Girls

Mar 13, 2024 - Duckworth, Collins, Shaheen Introduce Bipartisan Resolution To Honor Girl Scouts Of America