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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: April 17, 2014 01:01 PM
From: Senator Bob Mensch
To: All Senate members
Subject: Extending the Sunset for Title 35, Chapter 53, “Emergency Telephone Service,” by One Year
In the near future, I will be introducing legislation that would extend the sunset provision in Title 35, Chapter 53, governing our critical public safety answering points (PSAPs), from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

This extension will give all interested stakeholders sufficient time to work on a fair, reliable fee structure and an objective, flexible distribution formula for our 9-1-1 call centers that keeps pace with today’s constantly changing technology and the ever-increasing demands on our PSAPs.

It was my hope to host a public hearing at the end of April to flesh out the details of a proposed draft of updated 9-1-1 legislation, but in meetings with stakeholders and legislators, it became evident that a great deal of work remains to be done. By extending the sunset on this chapter, the General Assembly and stakeholders will be able to continue to work together to generate a piece of forward-thinking legislation that will better enable our 9-1-1 call centers to serve Pennsylvanians.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this initiative to create legislation that will address a vital public safety measure and strengthen the backbone of our entire emergency response system. If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact Matt Azeles in my office at 717-787-3110.

Introduced as SB1377