EAST TEXAS — A bill named after an East Texas woman will now make its way to the desk of President Donald Trump. Early Friday morning, H.R. 582, the Kari’s Law Act of 2017, filed by Rep. Louis Gohmert was approved by the United States House of Representatives, an almost definite sign the bill will now become law. Introduced first in 2015, Kari’s Law of 2017 will ensure anyone who dials 911 can reach emergency personnel even if the phone typically requires the user to dial a prefix such as “9” or “7” to reach an outside line. The bill is named in memory of Kari Hunt Dunn who was fatally stabbed in December 2013 by her estranged husband in a Marshall hotel room.
The couple’s oldest daughter, who was 9 at the time, tried to dial 911 four times during the struggle, but was unsuccessful because she didn’t realize she had to first dial an access number or an extra “9” to get an outside line. Friday is also special, because it’s Dunn’s birthday. She would have turned 36. Her killer, Brad Dunn, is serving a 99-year sentence at the Mark W. Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony, near Palestine.