The Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus has been instrumental over the past ten years in the passage of major legislation to advance 9-1-1 services nationwide. They are considered one of the most active and successful caucuses on Capitol Hill. The leadership and dedication of the Members of the Caucus to the 9-1-1 community is clearly demonstrated by their legislative accomplishments.
Pending Federal NG911 Legislation:
Next Generation 9-1-1 Act of 2017 (S.2061)
Aims to accelerate federal efforts to modernize the nation’s 9-1-1 systems. Key measures of the bill include updating the responsibilities of, and authorizing funding for, the National 911 Office while also extending the authority, and authorizing new federal funds, for the 911 Office to award NG911 grants. See a detailed section-by-section analysis of the bill here.
Introduced in Senate: November 2, 2017 by Sen. Bill Nelson (FL) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN)
Latest Action: 11/02/2017 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Note: On December 18, 2017, Reps. Anna Eshoo (CA-15), Frank Palone (NJ-6), and Norma Torress (CA-35) Introduced an identical version of the Bill (H.R.4672) in the House.
Federal NG911 Legislation:
National 9-1-1 Education Month Resolution of 2017
S. Res 122 established April 2017 as National 9-1-1 Education Month and urges Government officials, parents, teachers, school administrators, caregivers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, training events and activities.
Next Generation 9-1-1 Advancement Act of 2012 (Subtitle E of Public Law Number 112-96)
Provides $115m for Next Generation 9-1-1 and begins a multi-year process of building a public safety broadband network that must interconnect with NG9-1-1 Systems. Additionally the law requires studies examining current 9-1-1 fees and the costs associated with Next Generation 9-1-1 – valuable information that will allow Congress to address NG9-1-1 system development, deployment, and maintenance funding issues.
Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007 (Public Law Number 110-53)
Made $43.5 million available for 9-1-1 center grants and made clear that funds provided through the State Homeland Security Grant Program can be utilized for "supporting Public Safety Answering Points."
Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 ("Farm Bill") (Public Law Number 110-246)
Section 6107 of the 2008 Farm Bill enables the Secretary of Agriculture to make loans to improve 9-1-1 access to entities eligible to borrow from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). The loans could be used for facilities and equipment to expand or improve 9-1-1 access and interoperable emergency communications.
New and Emerging Technologies (NET) 911 Improvement Act of 2008 (Public Law Number 110-283)
An act to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the rapid deployment of IP-enabled 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 services, encourage the Nation's transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network, and improve 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 access to those with disabilities.
ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004 (Public Law Number 108-494)
Established a National 9-1-1 Office charged with coordinating the implementation of 9-1-1 service at the Federal, State and local levels and administered a Federal 9-1-1 grant program; includes language to ensure funds collected on telecommunications bills for enhancing emergency 9-1-1 services are only used for the support of 9-1-1.
Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 (Public Law Number 106-81)
An Act to promote and enhance public safety through use of 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number, further deployment of wireless 9-1-1 service, support of States in upgrading 9-1-1 capabilities and related functions, encouragement of construction and operation of seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable networks for personal wireless services, and for other purposes.