National 911 Program, NCSL Provide 9-1-1 Legislation Data for 2017
Tuesday, March 06, 2018 | Comments

The National 911 Program and the National Conference of Sate Legislators (NCSL) released an online summary of 9-1-1-related legislation that states enacted in 2017.

Since 2012, the 911 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource to improve the operations of emergency communications and help prepare states for the transition to next-generation (NG 9-1-1) and the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

Legislation passed in 2017 included:
• Both Maine and Utah now require direct dialing to 9-1-1 from a multiline telephone system. This bill is known as Kari's Law.
• Utah and Connecticut made false reporting to an emergency response service a felony and punishable as a criminal offense.
• Utah, New Mexico and Iowa modified definitions relating to 9-1-1, such as 9-1-1 service area, service plan, NG 911 service providers and surcharges.

The database provides several searchable filters to quickly find a bill. Users can search by state, topic, keyword, year, status and bill number. The database is updated bi-weekly. Topics include:
• 9-1-1 administration, plans, boards and commissions
• 9-1-1 fee, service fee or surcharge
• 9-1-1 funding and appropriations
• 9-1-1 privacy and confidentiality
• E9-1-1
• NG 9-1-1
• Wireless 9-1-1

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