Since 2012, the 9-1-1 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource for states looking to improve their emergency communications operations or gather insight into neighboring legislative efforts. It allows states to easily compare recently enacted—or modifications to existing—laws involving 9-1-1.
A few legislative highlights from 2020 include:
Four states—California, Connecticut, New Jersey and Washington—enacted legislation establishing or enhancing penalties for false 9-1-1 calls, in particular, when the purpose of the call was harassing another person because of that person's characteristics, including their race, gender, nationality, religion, disability or sexual orientation.
Five states—Alabama, Colorado, Indiana, Tennessee and West Virginia—established or increased statewide or local 9-1-1 fees.
Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia enacted legislation to authorize and foster cooperation between Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), ensure resilience and redundancy, and offer reliable service.
South Dakota and Wyoming enacted legislation authorizing phone companies to provide real-time cell phone location information to PSAPs in emergent situations.
The database is easy to use and provides searchable filters to quickly find a bill. Users can search by state, topic, keyword, status, bill number, year and author. Topics include:
9-1-1 Administration, Plans, Boards & Commissions
9-1-1 Fee, Service Fee or Surcharge
9-1-1 Funding and Appropriations
9-1-1 Privacy and Confidentiality
Next Generation/Advanced 9-1-1
To access the 2020 legislation update or 9-1-1 Bill Tracking Database, or for more information, visit www.ncsl.org.