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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.

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NG911 Advancement Act of 2017
115th Congress
Introduced: November 2017

Latest Actions: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.

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.

Subheader - Federal Legislation

Kari’s Law of 2017
115th Congress
January 2018

The bill requires that multi-line telephone systems permit users to directly dial 911 without having to first dial 9 or any other code. The bill also would require that installers of those systems configure them to provide notification to a central location at the facility when 911 is dialed.

National 911 Education Month Resolutions of 2018
115th Congress
April 2018

S. Res 476 established April 2018 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.

NG911 Advancement Act of 2012
H.R.3630 (Subtitle E)
112th Congress
February 2012

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.

New and Emerging Technologies (NET) 911 Improvement Act of 2008
110th Congress
July 2008

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.

Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007
H.R.1 (Title XXII)
110th Congress
August 2007

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.”

ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004
108th Congress
December 2004

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
106th Congress
February 1999

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.