Barrar Holds Hearings on 911 Emergency System in Lewistown

HARRISBURG-- Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware), majority chairman of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee, this week held the second of three public hearings on a plan to overhaul Pennsylvania’s 911 Emergency Telephone Act to adapt it to changing technology and adjust the cost 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,” Barrar said.

Held in Lewistown, the hearing gave local government officials, 911 administrators, and telecommunications executives the chance to share their views on how to make the system more effective.

The wireless 911 surcharge authorization, which funds this critical lifeline for Pennsylvania citizens, is set to expire on June 30, 2014.  

“The feedback we received will be essential in drafting meaningful and effective legislation to update the law this fall,” Barrar said. “Those updates will reflect advances in available 911 technologies and provide a reliable funding source for these crucial emergency services.”

Act 9, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in June, 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.

Representative Steve Barrar
160th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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