UCCF 7/21/15: 911 Funds to be Properly Allocated

2016-641: Urging Governor Chris Christie and the New Jersey State Legislature to support the A-1821 bill which will properly allocate 911 System and Emergency Trust Fund Account (Fund) monies to county and municipal 911 centers as required under federal law.
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From the bill Statement:
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This bill requires 9-1-1 service facilities, within three years  following the bill’s enactment, to be equipped with a Next Generation 9-1-1 system approved by the Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services for the processing of requests for emergency services sent via electronic or text message. The bill temporarily increases the 9-1-1 System and Emergency response Fee by 10 percent, and requires that it only be used to fund the 9-1-1 service facilities with the enhanced Next Generation 9-1-1 systems. The temporary fee increase will be imposed for bills issued for billing periods ending on or after the operative date of the bill and only for a period of 36 calendar months following the operative date.

The bill sets forth a funding prioritization for equipping public safety answering points with Next Generation 9-1-1 systems, by requiring funding to be distributed to county, regionalized, or other large centralized public safety answering points before funding other public safety answering points.

Currently, the 9-1-1 System and Emergency Response Fee, which is used to fund the 9-1-1 system, is a $0.90 monthly fee imposed on mobile service customers and telephone company customers in this State. This bill increases the monthly fee to $0.99.

The bill provides that a person is guilty of a crime of the fourth degree if the person knowingly sends an electronic message to a 9-1-1 emergency telephone system without purpose of reporting the need for 9-1-1 service.

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