NCSL, National 911 Program Update 2016 9-1-1 Legislation Information
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 | Comments

The National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) announced that summaries of 9-1-1-related state legislation enacted during 2016 are now available on the NCSL website.

Since 2012, the 911 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource for states in preparing for the transition to next-generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) and collaboration with the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet). The searchable database, which tracks legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, provides insight into other states' legislative efforts and allows for comparison of recently enacted or modified laws.

In 2016, 10 states passed measures that support the funding, implementation or governance of NG 9-1-1. Some of the bills define NG 9-1-1, while others require the implementation of NG 9-1-1.

Oklahoma and Tennessee enacted Kari's Law, legislation requiring multiple line telephone systems (MLTS) to allow a user to directly dial 9-1-1 without having to dial any other number first. Legislation in Colorado, Michigan and Ohio addresses immunity for individuals who report drug and alcohol overdoses.

Information in the database is searchable by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor, and is updated bi-weekly. Topics include the following:
• 9-1-1 administration, plans, boards and commissions
• 9-1-1 fees, service fees or surcharges
• 9-1-1 funding and appropriations
• 9-1-1 privacy and confidentiality
• Enhanced 9-1-1
• NG 9-1-1
• Wireless 9-1-1

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