South Dakota becomes 26th state to pass the Kelsey Smith Act

Greg and Missey Smith, the parents of Kelsey Smith, were present when the South Dakota governor signed the Kelsey Smith Act into law on March 4. Photo courtesy of Kelsey Smith Foundation

South Dakota becomes 26th state to pass the Kelsey Smith Act

Greg and Missey Smith, the Overland Park parents of Kelsey Smith, were in attendance last week when South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem signed House Bill 1129, The Kelsey Smith Act. Rep. Dayle Hammock of Spearfish was the primary sponsor of the bill.

The Kelsey Smith Act provides law enforcement with a way to quickly find the location of a wireless telecommunications device if law enforcement has determined a person is at risk of death or serious physical harm due to being kidnapped and/or missing. The Smiths have pushed for this legislation across all United States after the murder of their daughter, Kelsey Smith, who was abducted in broad daylight from an Overland Park department store and murdered on June 2, 2007.