Require Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law
  • Petitioning Wyndham Hotels Worldwide
  • Responded

This petition will be delivered to:

Wyndham Hotels Worldwide
Louis Gohmert
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
Rep. Paul Ryan
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Rep. Louie Gohmert
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Require Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law

    1. Hank Hunt
    2. Petition by

      Hank Hunt

      Winona, TX

On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was alledgedly murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town.

Her estranged husband alledgedly ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone. She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911.

We are attempting to ensure that any person needing police, EMS or the Fire Department at any hotel or motel location or from any MLTS/PBX system be able to dial the numbers 911 and receive emergency response. In a panic, any under age child, or for that matter anyone in an emergency situation should be able to depend on dialing 911 from any phone in the United States and receiving assistance.

We pray the lawmakers in our Congress and Senate hear the cries of Kari and her children and enact a law requiring all hotel and motel chains, including all "Mom & Pop" locations have all phone systems updated to E911 systems. These systems allow the 911 call to automatically connect to a 911 operator without having to dial a "9" in order to get an outside line and give emegency personnel the business name, floor and room or suite number. Total E911 fees/funds collected from the use of telephones in the United States was $2,322,983,616.36 in 2012. Total amount spent for E911 or 911 enhancements in the United States was $97,367,543.46 leaving $2,225,616,072.90 un spent. Where is this money? Some states such as Illinois, has diverted monies from the collection of E911 fees to it's general fund therefore being spent on who knows what. The money is there, it's being collected by who? THE GOVERNMENT! It's being spent on very little E911 functionality or just sitting there. Why?

 WE ask that Wyndham Hotels, which is the parent company of Baymont Inns and Suites where this incident occured, lead the way in the industry by updating the antiquated phone systems still used in some of their hotels. Sadly though, 9 months later we have heard nothing from the Wyndham Corporatio, however, the Marriott International Corporation has mandated to all franchise hotels under the Marriott brand update their systems to be direct dial 911. Can you you guess what hotel we will be using from on will be? That's right , MARRIOTT!

Seconds count and when a 9 year old little girl is mature and brave enough to attempt to dial for help, she should be answered. When that child dialed 911 she should have heard, "911, what is your emergency?" Instead she heard static.We understand the cost implications (which in most cases is very minimal or free) and know that E911 has been a requirement for a few years, but only a handful of states require it. Why? Money is collected from every citizen that uses a phone but it's the citizen that is NOT benefitting from the collection of these funds.

We ask the United States Congress to make it a requirement for all hotel and motels operating the United States and offer conversion assistance where needed. We also ask that such law(s) prohibit excessive charges for doing this update, in most cases it is simply a series of buttons from a keyboard that will solve the problem.

Please help make this "Kari's Law".

Recent signatures


    1. We have made so much progress!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      In the next few weeks we will be providing new details and advances being made concerning Kari's Law that I think you all will be excited about. I can't tell you now, (that's the excitement part! LOL) but things are rolling along and soon this story will be breaking wide open, if we can do this right. Until then, I need all the ammo I can get and that ammo is signatures on the petition so keep spreading the word! Thank you from Kari's Family!!!!!

    2. Thank you to Everyone!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I just want to say what an amazing experience this has been. I never dreamed we would get his far and I look forward to seeing how many signatures we get before Dec. 17th., the one year anniversary of the start date for the petition. If you can, be loud mouths! LOL Let everyone know about the website to sign the petition! Thank you all again!

    3. PROGRESS!!!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Marriott Corporation mandates all franchise hotels offer direct dialing 911!! No Nine Needed! Thank you FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and Mark Fletcher for you support of this!

    4. Pls help us go over 500,000 signatures! Spread the word, people don't know!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Help us get to 500,000 signatures! People just ...

      Help us get to 500,000 signatures! People just don't know! I was at a local business last week and even though the folks there knew about Kari and dialing "9" first they never connected it to office buildings. They tested it and sure enough, they COULD NOT dial 911 directly.

    5. New Petition in Colorado

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      We have now started a Colorado petition addressing the need for Kari's Law. Mark Fletcher (Fletch) went there this past Wednesday and spoke to the Colorado PUC (Public Utilities Commission) at their invitation. He made great strides in explaining the problems with 911 and hopefully with everyone's help we cab get Colorado on board. Please sign and share!

      Colorado Public Utilities Commission: Require 911 Direct Dial in Colorado Hotels, Schools and Businesses

      On December 1, 2013 a tragic event took place when Kari Rene Hunt was murdered in Marshall, Texas. The murder took place in a hotel room at the Baymont Inn and Suites. One of the most tragic elements of this horrible event is the fact that the attack on Ms. Hunt was witnessed by her children.

    6. Help make this happen!! Things are moving and moving steady! UPDATE!!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      OK folks, we have made great strides with this petition and I cannot express our gratitude to you for helping and supporting this. I have never done anything like this before but have learned so much! Part of that lesson is that when something works, why fix it! However, when DIFFERENT stradagies also work it's time to move. We are trying an experiment whereby we create a petition for each state that undertakes consideration of Kari's Law. As you all know, the State of Illinois has already passed this law as well as Suffolk County New York. Well, New Jersey has the law written and is being held a little too long in committee so Mark Fletcher started a petition for New Jersey only. PLEASE sign this petition. If we can deliver a hint that we are serious as a public then if we have to do this state by state we will. Let's tell New Jersey we are behind them on this law and look forward to seeing Kari's enacted for the safety of the general public but most of all, those kids. If we are going to teach children to dial 911 for help then by God we better give to them . Please sign New Jersey's petition here- PLEASE SHARE!!!!

      NJ Law and Public Safety Committee: Require 911 Direct Dial in NJ Hotels, Schools and Businesses

      On December 1, 2013 a tragic event took place when Kari Rene Hunt was murdered in Marshall, Texas. The murder took place in a hotel room at the Baymont Inn and Suites. One of the most tragic elements of this horrible event is the fact that the attack on Ms. Hunt was witnessed by her children.

    7. KLTV's Melanie Torre Makes things happen at hotel where murder occurred!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer
      7 Investigates: Kari's Law gets commitment from Austin, motel makes more changes

      AUSTIN, TX (KLTV) - Emergency communication problems with a Marshall motel's phone system are getting fixed. The KLTV 7 Investigates team began looking into the phone system after Kari Rene Hunt was murdered there in December 2013.

    8. Sad news after Reporter follows up on hotel!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      7 Investigates: Has hotel where an E. Texas mother was murdered upgraded their 911 system?

      In the weeks following an East Texas mother's death, hotels and motels across the country sprang into action to make sure 911 was easily accessible from guest rooms. However, in July, the hotel where she was murdered still had not fixed the problem. Since December of 2013, we've been following Kari Rene Hunt's story.

    9. KLTV's Melanie Torre vists hotel where it happened. See what she discovered

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer at 10 p.m. central tonight!!!

      KLTV: Live Stream

      KLTV 7 News,, Your East Texas News Leader; covering local news, weather, sports, community, jobs, cars and the headlines grabbing national attention and so much more.

    10. Kari's Law wins in Illinois!!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you Gov. Quinn for signing Senate Bill 3313. A special thank you to Senator Jennifer Bertino for her hard work in seeing this through and the entire Legislative body of Illinois!

      Illinois General Assembly - Full Text of Public Act

      Public Act Text for the Illinois General Assembly

    11. Suffolk County New York (Long Island) Passes the law!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I received a call this afternoon from Rep. Rob Trotta of the Suffolk County Legislature informing me that Resolution 1325-2014 was approved unanimously. I am very excited at this news and I have to thank Rep. Trotta for his dedication to this matter. Two other people whom have been instrumental in making this happen are Mark "Fletch" Fletcher and especially Dan Wilson. People with a desire to see this through are have tirelessly worked so hard to get to this point.
      To read the final version of the resolution copy and paste this link;

    12. Keeping Kari's wishes

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Next week, we will be taking the kids to Disney in keeping with an idea Kari had last year. She wanted everyone to go from Aunts and Uncles to cousins and Grand parents. Well, that's what we are doing. Of course not everyone can go due to various reasons but there will be 16 family members making the trip. It will be bittersweet for me but it's what Kari's wished for her kids and that's what we intend to do. So, wish me luck and once the bills come in I'll need all the prayers I can get! LOL We will have a good time, wish us luck for good weather. I'll update when we get there!

    13. Have you ever contacted your State Representive? Have you?

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      The folks in our Government are there because WE elected them to go to Washington and do a job that we expect them to do. If you feel that being able to dial 911 from any phone with having to dial a prefix number, write your Representative and tell them to make this a LAW! Let them know how SERIOUS you are! You will be surprised at how much influence and power you have over them and guess what, you do!
      YOU are their boss, they listen to you or go home unemployed at the next election. It works, it just takes that little bit of effort on your part. Need your Representatives email?

      Here is a sample letter you can use, just copy and paste and then change the wording you feel would convey your message.


      The Honorable ____________________________
      House (or Senate) Office Building
      Washington, DC 20515 (20510)

      Dear Congressman/Senator ______________:

      As a constituent who votes, I am writing about an issue that is very important to me: Direct Dialing of 911, Kari's Law. Specifically, I am writing to urge you to support this law requiring that all MLTS/PBX telephone systems allow the public to dial 911 with having to dial a prefix number first.

      On December 1, 2013 Kari Rene Hunt was alledgedly murdered by her estranged husband whom she was intending to divorce. She agreed to meet him at a local motel in Marshall, TX. to leave their children with him for a short visitation while he was in town.

      Her estranged husband alledgedly ambushed her in the motel room and cornered her in the restroom. During the struggle and resulting death of Kari, her oldest daughter, age 9, (name with held for privacy) attempted to dial 911 from the motel room phone FOUR TIMES! She followed instructions as taught by her mother on the way to call for help but she was never instructed that in some hotels and motels you must first dial a "9" and then 911.

      911 is taught to ALL children as the go to number for help. It's on the side of Police cars, Fire trucks and Ambulances. It's taught by parents, teachers and public officials but that is not the case in most hotels, office buildings, SCHOOLS, etc.

      This problem is fixable at little to no cost by simply re-programming these Telephony systems.

      Kari's Law should be enacted in order to finally make 911 a Legislation that actually makes sense and WILL save lives as it was intended. I ask that you consider either proposing or supporting Kari's Law. The next time you are on vacation you have to read the instructions on how to call for help at each hotel you stay at.


      Your name
      Your address

      Contact Members of Congress

      List of 2014 Members of Congress with contact information including phone number, address, email, social media websites, voting record & positions on issues.

    14. And it gets Crazier!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you Ashleigh Holland from WSAV in Savanah, GA for bringing this to the public's awareness. It seems the mighty dollar is clouding some companies idea of what ethics mean. How can a company legally NOT
      provide 911 services??

      First Responders Caution Public: Some Phone Providers Do Not Allow 911 Dialing

      When seconds matter, dialing 911 is thephone call you rush to make, unless you learn your phone provider does not allow emergency calls. Several voice over internet protocol (VOIP) services do not offer emergency calling. This makes first responders like Capt. Randy Hunter with the Bluffton Township Fire Department uneasy.

    15. Thanks to ALL our supporters!!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I wanted to take a time out to thank all of our supporter and signers. This has been a tremendous response that we never expected. Your signatures are making a difference!

      Recent trip to New York city and Long Island proved that word about Kari's Law is spreading. Suffolk County (Long Island New York) has proposed legislation based on Kari's Law. We spoke to the Suffolk County Legislature and learned later that day that the proposed legislation sailed through the Safety Committee and now awaits a vote in July.

      Also, Senator Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, proposed Senate Bill 3313 based on Kari's Law and the results were simply amazing. See here We are now awaiting a signature from the Govenor. You might send a gentle note his way, Gov. Pat Quinn

      After traveling to different parts of the country it is OBVIOUS that 911 needs revamping. Now is the time to really show the ones that count how serious we are about this subject. The increase in signatures has gotten a tremendous amount of attention and getting more signatures will help push this legislation to right people and get it done. Please, tell everyone you know to sign the petition but ONLY if they agree with it.

      We have found the phenomenal way social media has helped this petition gain notoriety was a surprise and I think that spreading the word through your Facebook, Twitter and Email accounts will most certainly push this petition above the 1/2 million mark! Your help is wholeheartedly appreciated and if you can work it into your schedule to help spread the word again I am sure the results will be astounding.

      Thank you all again, There is no need for a child to not be answered when they do what they are taught to do in an emergency. If a child dials 911 from any phone in the United States they should hear on the other end, "911, what is your emergency?".

      Help us make that happen!

      Hank and D.J.

      Illinois General Assembly - Bill Status for

      Bill Status - Illinois General Assembly

    16. Thanks New York!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Texas Family Comes To L.I. To Show Support For Proposed 'Kari's Law'

      HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The death of a Texas woman has fueled legislation in Suffolk County to end the need to dial 9 from hotel phones before dialing 911 during an emergency. Legislators Steve Stern and Robert Trotta introduced "Kari's Law" Thursday, 1010 WINS' Mona Rivera reported.

    17. Getting some help from Long Island New York!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Suffolk lawmakers, hotel owner stress need for 911 bills

      D.J. and Hank Hunt look on as Legislator Rob Trotta speaks Thursday. Photo by Heather Khalifa It was in a hotel room in Marshall, Texas in December that Kari Hunt Dunn was killed, allegedly stabbed repeatedly by her estranged husband, Brad Dunn, in the bathroom while her 9-year-old daughter tried unsuccessfully to dial 911 four times.

    18. New York Bound!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Headed to New York to spread the word about Kari's Law! Hope to really have a good response from this trip. Lot's planned, will update as things unfold!

    19. Make 'em sweat!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      If you stay at hotels frequently, or for that matter seldom, when you check in, ask them, "How do I call 911 from the room I will be staying in?" If they say anything other than "911", ask them why? Why do I need to teach my children that at your hotel, 911 doesn't mean 911? Get an answer, let me know what they say. I am determined to challenge any of them that feel they shouldn't change their systems to make 911 just that, 911 !!!! Simple common sense! Tell me where you stayed, the name of the hotel and the hotel managers contact information. I'll take it from there! - Hank

    20. Paul Ryan responds to the petition

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I want to thank Mr. Ryan for acknowledging our efforts and his support should a responsible member of the House submit a bill that would be the result of our efforts, I'm sure we can count on Mr. Ryan's support.

      There are only three things we ask in support of Kari's Law and that is,

      1) Provide 911 dialing with and without a prefix (access) number (dialing 911 or 9-911)

      2. On site notification that alerts local personnel when a 911 emergency is occurring. (Front desk, on-site security etc)

      3. DIRECT routing to a 911 center (PSAP) WITHOUT local INTERRUPTION by untrained personnel.

      3 things that are capable of being implemented in a matter of minutes and in a very few cases a matter of hours or days. Kari's Law initiative also would like to see the results of how much in 911 fees and taxes have been collected from the public for 911 Enhancement to 911 systems across the United States, and who is responsible for the collection and distribution of these monies.

    21. Decision-maker Paul Ryan responds:

      Paul Ryan

      I want to thank my constituents who reached out to me in support of this petition. My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Kari Hunt during this difficult time.

      Like proponents of “Kari’s Law,” I also believe that ...

    22. Tremendous event at IAUG in Dallas!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      We were invited to attend the International Avaya Users Group annual conference in Dallas the past three days and boy was it a learning experience. There were hundreds of Telecom companies there to push their product and after quizzing numerous 911 service providers I discover that there are a lot of hoops to jump through in order to make 911 consistent across the U.S. Right now I see on other alternative BUT to pass legislation laying out the guidelines that each state should adhere to the same protocols concerning readilt available access and performance of 911 system and PSAP'S across America.

    23. Dallas Bound!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      Headed to Dallas to spread the word about Kari's Law. We will be there 3 days and will come in contact thousands of 911 folks from around the country!

    24. Headed to Galveston for APCO/NENA Convention!!

      Hank Hunt
      Petition Organizer

      I will be speaking along with Mark Fletcher about Kari's Law and the problems with 911 across our nation. I am VERY nervous but look forward to the opportunity to spread the word! Wish us luck!



    Mar 19, 2014

    Let Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law via @Change

    Jackie Zeman


    Jan 13, 2014

    Today, I started an inquiry to ensure that hotel guests who dial 911 can reach trained emergency personnel. (3/3)

    Ajit Pai


    Jan 01, 2014

    Beth Chapman


    Dec 31, 2013

    Let Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law via @Change

    Lyssa Chapman


    Dec 29, 2013

    Let Hotel Phones Dial 911 Easily: Help Enact Kari's Law via @Change

    Lindsey Shaw

    Reasons for signing

    • David Richmond SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 23 minutes ago

      We were staying in a hotel. After feeding my 2 month old daughter she began to choke. We attempted to dial 911 from the room but it never went through. I wasn't until later that we found out most hotels have their phone system connect to the front desk when dialing 911 from the room.

      We were lucky, I was able to perform the Heimlich on my daughter and get her breathing.

    • Arturo Arreguin SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • about 20 hours ago

      I am signing this because I do believe that hotel should not restrict 911 calls to the public.

    • Nancy Black AUSTIN, TX
      • about 20 hours ago

      It's the right thing to do. I support this change.

    • La Tanya Irving SAN ANTONIO, TX
      • 1 day ago

      If signing this petition means saving a life then I am HONORED to do so. This could have been my family. Most likely it have been others.

    • Callie Trevino SCHERTZ, TX
      • 1 day ago

      Learning about this tragic story. I have been in hotels trying to make an outside call and had to search the room for directions on what steps I had to take just to make the call. On those occasions I was just trying to call restaurants for reservations and because of the difficulty gave up. Just thinking of that frustrating occurrence had thought to myself how difficult it would be in an emergency to call for help, God forbid. They post signs on the front door to be aware of your surroundings because of impostors claiming to be housekeeping and they force their way in to rob you. I would've thought since the threat was already known, this wouldn't be a topic of conversation, and would've been fixed.


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