House Committee Holds Hearing in DelCo on Needed Updates to Pennsylvania’s 911 Emergency Telephone Act
House committee holds hearing on updating PA 911 Emergency Telephone Act.
Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, held the first of three public hearings this week on a plan to overhaul Pennsylvania’s 911 Emergency Telephone Act to keep pace with rapidly evolving technology and the costs of maintaining the emergency system. 

“With the recent passage of my legislation to ensure the solvency of the Commonwealth’s Wireless E- 911 Fund into the foreseeable future, I pledged that my committee would fully explore needed updates to the law with regard to 911 surcharge fees, the funding disbursement formula, and next generation 911 technologies,” said Barrar. 

“The wireless 911 surcharge authorization, which funds this critical lifeline for Pennsylvania citizens, is set to expire on June 30, 2014,” said Barrar.  “Tuesday’s hearing in Delaware County and others planned for Lewistown on Aug. 13 and Pittsburgh on Sept. 18, give the committee the opportunity to hear from state, county and municipal government officials, emergency dispatchers who use the system, members of the communications industry and other stakeholders.  The feedback we receive will be essential in drafting meaningful and effective legislation to update the act this fall.  Those updates will reflect advances in available 911 technologies and provide a reliable funding source for these crucial emergency services.

“In June, Governor Tom Corbett signed another of my bills into law that laid the groundwork for the changes still to come,” said Barrar.  “Act 9 provides critical updates to the E-911 Wireless Fund to help ensure its economic viability into the future, and it authorizes Pennsylvania’s Emergency Management Agency to provide counties with plans to cut costs and streamline services.” 

To watch a recording of Tuesday’s committee meeting, go to:

Following the hearing, Barrar, who serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Veterans Museum in Media, took committee members on a visit to the museum.  The committee concluded its visit to Delaware County Wednesday morning with an informational briefing and tour at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, home of the Pennsylvania National Guard 56th Stryker Brigade.

More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at and

Representative Stephen E. Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
Media Contact:  Donna Pinkham
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