Database Tracks States’ 2019 9-1-1-Related Legislation
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 | Comments

The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) made a database that summarizes 2019 key enacted legislation available.

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

During 2019, seven states –– Arkansas, California, Kansas, Maryland, New York, Oregon and Utah –– imposed new fees or increased 9-1-1 service charges for telecommunications services subscribers or consumers that make prepaid purchases. Seven states –– Arkansas, California, Florida, Kentucky, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and South Carolina –– passed next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1)-related legislation. Bills in three of these states require text-to-9-1-1 services to be developed and implemented in all of the state's localities by a certain date.

Michigan created new requirements for multiline telephone systems (MLTS), including ensuring that 9-1-1 calls are effectively routed to a public-safety answering point (PSAP) and that the location information of each communications device is identified and transmitted to emergency responders, so they know the actual location of the emergency.

The 2019 legislation update, 911 Legislation Tracking Database, is available here.

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