Minn. House adopts smartphone bill
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota House on Thursday adopted a bill requiring new smartphones bought or sold in Minnesota to have a “kill switch” to disable them in the event of theft.
The Senate passed a similar measure earlier this month. The bill heads back to the Senate for concurrence or formation of a conference committee.
The requirement would apply to phones manufactured after July 1, 2015.
Bill sponsor Rep. Joe Atkins, DFL-Inver Grove Heights, said smartphones are increasingly the target of theft and that the bill allows the owner of a stolen phone to “turn this thing into a brick.”
Rep. Joe Hoppe, R-Chaska, said the industry is already taking care of the issue. Last month, wireless companies announced they would add kill switches to their phones starting next year.