Database with 2018 9-1-1 Legislation Available
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 | Comments

The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures made available a summary of key 2018 enacted legislation around 9-1-1 services.

Since 2012, the 9-1-1 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource for states looking to gather insight into neighboring legislative efforts or improve their emergency communications operations. The database allows states to easily compare recently enacted laws or modifications to existing laws involving 9-1-1.

Each year, states consider or enact legislation aimed at supporting and improving the efficiency of 9-1-1 emergency communication services. During 2018, five states — Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Nebraska and Virginia — enacted legislation that requires the development of next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) implementation plans or a plan to establish recommendations to enhance 9-1-1 services.

Four states — New York, Rhode Island, Texas and Virginia — passed laws related to making text to 9-1-1 available. New Jersey now requires hotels to upgrade their phone systems to allow guests to dial 9-1-1 without first dialing any other digit, also known as Kari's Law. Rhode Island passed a law that makes it a felony to knowingly file a false alarm or report false information using 9-1-1.

The user-friendly database provides searchable filters to quickly find a bill. Users can search by state, topic, keyword, status and bill number.

Access the 2018 legislation update here.

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