The Senate today approved House Bill 911, legislation that will reauthorize the Emergency 9-1-1 System in Pennsylvania, according to Senator Randy Vulakovich (R-Allegheny), Chairman of the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.
“One of the core functions of government is public safety,” said Sen. Vulakovich. “This measure will help ensure that Pennsylvania’s county 911 centers are not only properly funded but able to handle emergency contacts from any type of device – calling from a home phone, text messaging or emailing a picture.”
The Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee held two public hearings on the bill and adopted a comprehensive amendment based on input provided by a number of individuals and organizations. The current fee on wireless devices is set to expire on June 30, 2015, unless the law is reauthorized. House Bill 911 would set the fee at $1.65 a month per device. For the first time, 9-1-1 will be using national standards for staffing and equipment, thus when counties submit their annual 9-1-1 plan and funds are disbursed to them they will not fund things that are out of line. There are also incentives for consolidation and shared services which will result in cost savings.
The bill returns to the House of Representatives for a concurrence vote.
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