9-1-1 Commission Convenes to Consider Legislative Recommendations
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.”
1. Opening Comments & Introductions
- 9-1-1 Funding
- Geographic Information Systems
- Discuss and vote on recommendations to the Commission
- Address additional topics
- Jim Marshall, 911 Training Institute – Supporting our 9-1-1 Specialists
- Funding & Structure
- Technology & Cybersecurity
- Staffing & Training
- Oversight & Accountability
- Proposed Report Timelines
- Next Commission Meeting (Wed., November 18 11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
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.