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PRESS RELEASE: 9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations

PRESS RELEASE: 9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations

By In Press Releases On October 20, 2020


9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 20, 2020 
 
Senator Cheryl C. Kagan
District 17 (Rockville & Gaithersburg)
301/858-3134
 
Maryland’s NG911 Commission will meet virtually on Thursday, October 22 from 11am-3pm. Among other issues, it will discuss the the impact of the Coronavirus; Geographic Information System updates; and subcommittee recommendations related to staffing, cybersecurity, oversight, and funding. The Commission’s deliberations will be live-streamed in compliance with Maryland’s Open Meetings law:
 
Thursday, October 22, 2020
11:00am-3:00pm (with a pause for lunch break-out subcmte mtgs)
 

In its third year, the Commission is comprised of 9-1-1 Center directors, technology and telecommunications industry representatives, cybersecurity professionals, a bipartisan group of legislators, and other stakeholders to help Maryland effectively transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 technology. Despite the early adjournment in March, the General Assembly passed four of the Commission’s bills to increase oversight of 9-1-1 funding; strengthen our 9-1-1 safety net; require independent audits; expand transparency; and extend the Commission’s tenure for two more years.

“I am proud of the Commission’s legislative accomplishments, but there is much more work to do in order to save lives, “said Sen. Cheryl Kagan, Chair of the Commission. “The pandemic and recent social movements have highlighted new issues in addition to those related to cybersecurity, staffing, funding, and oversight already on our agenda.”

 

Agenda (as of 10/20/2020)
 

1. Opening Comments & Introductions

2. Presentations

  • 9-1-1 Funding
  • Geographic Information Systems
3. Subcommittee Breakout
  • Discuss and vote on recommendations to the Commission 
  • Address additional topics
4. Presenter
  • Jim Marshall, 911 Training Institute – Supporting our 9-1-1 Specialists 
5. Subcommittee Reports, Recommendations, & Votes
  • Funding & Structure 
  • Technology & Cybersecurity 
  • Staffing & Training 
  • Oversight & Accountability 
6. Future Meeting Schedule and Closing Remarks 
  • Proposed Report Timelines
  • Next Commission Meeting (Wed., November 18 11:00 am – 3:00 pm)

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About Senator Cheryl C. Kagan: Senator Kagan (D) represents District 17, Rockville and Gaithersburg. She is the Vice Chair of the Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee and Chair of Maryland’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Commission. The Maryland Association of Counties recognized Senator Kagan for her leadership on 9-1-1 and other key local government priorities in 2018. She was also named the 2018 National 9-1-1 Leader by the Next Generation 9-1-1 Institute.

Chair of the Commission Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan and Vice Chair Steve Souder
are leading a group of public safety experts from across Maryland 
in examining how to transition to NG911.

Commission Chair Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan and Vice Chair Steve Souder
are leading a group of public safety experts from across Maryland
in examining how to transition to NG911.

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