Bill To Improve 911 Systems Passes House Committee

by Reporter / Feb 23, 2019 / 0 comments

Bill To Improve 911 Systems Passes House Committee

SANTA FE ― Tuesday, the House Local Government, Land Grants & Cultural Affairs Committee passed House Bill 493, sponsored by Rep. Jim Trujillo (D-Santa Fe), to improve 911 systems.

House Bill 439 would establish an Enhanced 911 Advisory Board to work with the Department of Finance Administration and the Department of Information Technology, among other partners, to guide the enhanced 911 fund in improving its efficiency and transition to Next Generation technology.

According to a March 2018 Legislative Finance Report, “upgrading 911 systems to Next Generation 911 is necessary to adapt to how people communicate today, but many 911 call centers do not provide reliable location information for wireless phones.”

“Technology is constantly evolving, and it’s critical for New Mexico communities that our 911 technology keeps up. Next Generation 911 technology will allow first responders to act safer, faster, and more effectively when receiving and responding to calls. This legislation will help ensure an effective emergency response system to keep New Mexicans safe,” Rep. Jim Trujillo said.

According to the National 911 Program, 911 technology has not significantly improved in 40 years.

House Bill 439 now heads to the House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee for consideration.

 

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