FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 9, 2017
Hearing for Sen. Kagan’s 9-1-1 Legislation Scheduled for Feb. 14th
Advancing our 9-1-1 systems to “NextGen” technology
Senator Cheryl C. Kagan
District 17 (Rockville & Gaithersburg)
Annapolis, MD: When Carl Henn, a Rockville resident, was struck by lightning in 2010, many came to his aid by calling 9-1-1 for assistance. Tragically, they all got busy signals. Mr. Henn died. Another Rockville resident, Marlon Somarriba, died last summer while his loved ones dialed 9-1-1 repeatedly during a system outage.
Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan (District 17, Rockville & Gaithersburg) has introduced a multi-faceted bill, SB466, to update our 9-1-1 centers to the “Next Generation” of emergency technology and collaborate on best practices.
“Our region is at risk of massive 9-1-1 disruptions from severe weather incidents; major transportation accidents; or — heaven forbid— a terrorist attack,” said Senator Kagan. “When people dial 9-1-1, they expect someone to answer and dispatch first responders immediately,” she added.
Kagan has visited 9-1-1 centers across the State over the past two years, and her bill was crafted with a broad coalition of emergency professionals. The bill is co-sponsored by Senate Finance Chair “Mac” Middleton and will be heard in his committee on Tuesday, February 14th at 1pm.
“My bill would help transition Maryland’s 9-1-1 centers to “NextGen” technology, ensuring that our residents can rely on a world-class response in times of crises,” said Senator Kagan, adding, “9-1-1 systems are the backbone of our public safety apparatus; if they fail, people die.”
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About Senator Cheryl C. Kagan: Senator Kagan (D) represents District 17, Rockville and Gaithersburg, in the Maryland General Assembly. First elected in 1994 to the House of Delegates, Kagan served two terms before stepping down to work in the non-profit sector. In 2014, Kagan returned to elected office, winning her first term to the Maryland State Senate. Kagan serves on the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee, Joint Audit Committee, and Joint Committee on Federal Relations and is the Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on the Management of Public Funds.