The current mandate over such features is defined by disparate state laws.
So far, Apple, Samsung and Google have implemented kill switches on their smartphone devices.
Phones manufactured after July 1, 2015 and sold in the state must come equipped with an antitheft device that enables consumers to permanently shut them down.
The legislation, which would require smartphone makers to include a preinstalled 'kill switch' on all smartphones sold in the state, has passed in the State Senate and now awaits the governor's signature.
As the 'kill switch' debate rages on in legal circles and among trade groups, a duo of hackers may have already made the conversation obsolete.