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SB24-139

Creation of 911 Services Enterprise

Concerning the creation of the 911 services enterprise, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2024 Regular Session
Subject:
State Government
Bill Summary

The bill creates the 911 services enterprise in the department of regulatory agencies (enterprise). The enterprise is authorized to impose a fee on service users (fee). A service user is a person who is provided a 911 access connection in the state. The fee is set annually by the enterprise and, together with the 911 surcharge that the public utilities commission (commission) imposes on service users for the benefit of meeting the needs of governing bodies to pay for basic emergency service and provide emergency telephone service (911 surcharge), must not exceed $0.50 per month per 911 access connection. The fee is collected in the same manner as the 911 surcharge. Revenue from the fee will fund expenses and costs related to the provision of 911 services, including:

  • Statewide training initiatives and programs and public education campaigns;
  • Cybersecurity support;
  • GIS programs;
  • Grant programs for the benefit of governing bodies and public safety answering points;
  • Providing matching funds for federal, state, or private grants related to 911 services or emergency notification services;
  • Any other items related to a statewide benefit for governing bodies and public safety answering points for 911 services; and
  • Administrative expenses of the enterprise.

The bill also creates the 911 services enterprise cash fund, adds a requirement for the commission to include in its "state of 911" annual report the activity of the enterprise including its use of its revenue, and makes several technical updates to the statutes concerning the 911 surcharge and the commission's "state of 911" report.


(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

Status

Introduced
Under Consideration

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Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Sen. J. Gonzales
Rep. W. Lindstedt, Rep. C. deGruy Kennedy

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