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SB 222, Local Government 911 Authority: Create

 
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Support Rusi Patel, (678) 686-6210

Last Updated: 3/28/2017
Subject Area: Finance and Money Management | Municipal Powers | Public Safety |
Resources: bill text
The legislation is the product of a number of meetings led by ACCG, but including the telecoms, 911 Public Safety Access Centers, GMA, and various local government attorneys. The statewide 911 Authority would contract with the Department of Revenue which would receive all 911 fees collected in the state and distribute them back out to each Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) based upon the enhanced zip code of the telecommunications device being charged. Each line would be charged the $1.50 charge, which would include an increase in the charge on prepaid lines from $1.00 to $1.50. The Authority would have the ability to audit service suppliers and impose penalties on service suppliers that fail to comply with the law. While the Authority would retain 3% of the 9-1-1 charges for their costs, the current $.30 cost recovery charge out of the $1.50 charge that service suppliers are able to retain would no longer be able to be taken from the $1.50 by service suppliers and such funds would not go directly back to the Authority, and thus to the PSAPs.

Also, in those areas where no city provides this service, SB 222 requires that 1) E-911 services be a county-wide service, 2) dispatchers stay on the line for emergency calls through the end of the call, even when transferring to a different public safety provider, and 3) prevents a county from charging a city for the provision of E-911 service. 
 

Votes

3/30/2017 Senate Vote #361 Yea - 42 Nay - 2 Not Voting - 7 Excused - 4
3/30/2017 House Vote #380 Yea - 143 Nay - 30 Not Voting - 3 Excused - 4
3/3/2017 Senate Vote #141 Yea - 50 Nay - 3 Not Voting - 0 Excused - 2
BILL STATUS

5/9/2017 -

AUTHOR

John Kennedy

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