House Committee to Hold Hearing in Elizabeth on Changes to 911 Emergency System

WHAT:          The House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold a public hearing to gather input on necessary changes to the 911 Emergency Telephone Act. Among the issues to be examined are the reauthorization of wireless surcharges, which are set to expire, and needed updates to language in the law to keep pace with advancing communications technology.

WHO:              Major Scott Neal, director of communication and information services, PA State Police; Bob Full, chief deputy director of PEMA; Dave Holl, PEMA deputy director of administration; Kenneth Budka, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer– Strategic Industries Alcatel-Lucent; Beth Cooley, director, State Legislative Affairs Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association; Frank Buzydlowski, director of government relations, Verizon; Steve Samara, president, Pennsylvania Telephone Association; Dave Kerr, regional vice president, AT&T; Mike McGrady, chairman Joint APCO/NENA Legislative Affairs Committee; Brian Melcer, Lawrence County 911 & PA NENA Western Area representative; Robert Haffner, NENA president director, City Bethlehem 911 Center; Tracy Carl, president director of Radio Technology Bucks County; Commissioner Matt McConnell, Mercer County; and Councilman Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County.

WHEN:          Wednesday, Sept. 18, starting at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:        Rock Run Inn, 800 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING: The hearing will be streamed live at

Media contact: David Foster, 267.207.0207,      

Office of State Rep. Stephen Barrar  and
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