HARRISBURG, PA — To ensure that Commonwealth residents continue to receive emergency assistance and that services are continually enhanced, the House unanimously supported legislation drafted by Rep. Steve Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) that would provide for a sunset reauthorization of the Commonwealth’s 911 system under Title 35.
The reauthorization would enhance public safety by enabling 911 centers to provide critical emergency services to communities all across the state as quickly as possible. House Bill 859 would also counteract the increasing expenses of communications equipment and rising personnel costs. Without the bill’s passage, the program would expire on June 30.
“Four years ago, under legislation which I sponsored, our state 911 law underwent an extensive rewrite to modernize our emergency response system with the many advancements available in communications and technology. We also created a 911 oversight board that is working very well, which is another reason that the Commonwealth’s 911 program is in the best place it’s ever been,” Barrar said. “House Bill 859 would ensure that the progress we’ve made isn’t lost.”
After receiving strong bipartisan support from the House, the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration.
Source: Representative Stephen E. Barrar, 160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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