Committee to Hold Second Hearing on E-911 Reauthorization

The Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 26, to consider E-911 reauthorization and legislation that would change the way county operations are supported, according to Committee Chairman Senator Randy Vulakovich.

The hearing is set for 10 a.m. in Hearing Room 1 of the North Office Building in the State Capitol Complex, Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency Director Richard Flinn, officials from the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania and representatives of Pennsylvania’s major telecommunications service providers are scheduled to appear at the hearing.

“Pennsylvania’s county 911 call centers are an essential element of our emergency response efforts,” said Sen. Vulakovich. “Currently, our 911 centers are facing funding shortfalls and we need to be sure that they are equipped with the latest in technology so that are able to handle contacts from a multitude of devices – land line phones, cell phones, text messaging, and tablets.”

The hearing will focus on House Bill 911 and the Reauthorization of the Emergency 911 System.  The current fee on wireless devices is set to expire on June 30, 2015, unless the law is reauthorized.  This will be the Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee’s second hearing on this issue this legislative session.

Contact: Nate Silcox (717) 787-6538

The hearing will be streamed live at www.pasenategop.com. The video and other information from the hearing will be available at https://pasenategop.com/veteransaffairs/.

More information about state issues is available at Senator Vulakovich’s website, www.senatorvulakovich.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SenatorRandyVulakovich