California Senate passes smartphone kill switch bill on second try

The California State Senate has passed a mandatory kill switch law, which must now be approved by Governor Jerry Brown, in its second time being voted on.

Published Thu, May 8 2014 7:46 PM CDT   |   Updated Sat, Aug 8 2020 10:29 AM CDT

In its second attempt, California Senate Bill 962, aimed at making smartphone kill switches mandatory for devices sold in California was approved, and must now be approved by California Governor Jerry Brown. Both Microsoft and Apple reportedly pulled their opposition to the bill, and received 26 "yes" votes, with 21 needed from the 40 members of the state Senate.

California Senate passes smartphone kill switch bill on second try |

Despite opposition from a non-profit domestic violence group, along with manufacturers and wireless carriers hesitant to support kill switches, though representatives that initially didn't vote chose to support the bill this time around. The bill could help save customers $2.6 billion per year, and many leading smartphone makers and carriers already agreed to support a voluntary kill switch for new devices.

"We have a crime wave on our hands," said Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco), in a statement. "We are trying to keep our constituents safe on their streets and in their neighborhoods. That's why we're here today."


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