Five New Laws that Mean Big Technology Changes for State and Local Agencies
Legislative sessions are ending for most states, leaving a majority of proposed technology bills languishing on the committee floor. However, there was plenty of activity at the federal and state level that we consider a win for public safety! Here are five new acts and allocations that provide new technology funding and implementation plans:
- Arkansas Public Safety Act of 2019 – This is a huge win for PSAP’s across the state! A newly established Arkansas 911 Board will assist PSAP’s in implementing next generation 911 (NG911) systems and purchase statewide NG911 infrastructure. By January 1, 2022, the Board will provide funding for up to 77 PSAPs to operate across the state with NG911 services. The Act also included funding for the statewide public safety communication system.
- Florida E911 Systems (HB441) – By January 2022 all Florida counties must implement text-to-911 services and the Florida Department of Management Services (DMS) must develop a plan by February 1, 2020 to upgrade PSAPs to allow transfer of emergency calls between local, multi-local or regional E911 systems including voice, text message, image, video, caller identification and location information.
- South Carolina Public Safety Communications Center H3586– South Carolina will set aside over $11 million to consolidate NG911 by consolidating the technology and systems under a single statewide plan to support 50 PSAPs. The NG9-1-1 system must provide delivery of 9-1-1 calls over an IP-based network and provide multimedia data capabilities for PSAPs.
- Georgia General Appropriations State FY 019-2020 (HB31) – Georgia will appropriate $3 million in state funds to make changes to the state child welfare automated system for FFPSA compliance. $3 million in Title IV-E funds will also be allocated towards the project.
- Wildfire Management Technology Advancement Act – This federal law requires state and local firefighters assigned to large wildfires must be equipped with personal GPS devices by 2021.