Committee Holds Second Hearing on E-911 Reauthorization

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee today (Tuesday, May 26) held its second public hearing on E-911 reauthorization and legislation that would change the way county operations are supported, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich.

The hearing focused on House Bill 911, which reauthorizes, updates and enhances the fees and mechanisms for providing emergency telephone service. The current fee on wireless devices is set to expire on June 30, 2015, unless the law is reauthorized.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Flinn, Everett Gillison, Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Public Safety, officials from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and representatives of Pennsylvania’s major telecommunications service providers appeared at the hearing.

“We had a very informative hearing that featured a point-by-point study of HB 911 and alternative ideas,” said Sen. Vulakovich. “We are now in a much better position to move forward in enacting a reauthorization by the end of June.”

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