FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 8, 2021 
In its final year of updating our emergency systems to save lives, Maryland’s Next Generation 9-1-1 Commission is set to meet one last time on Tuesday, October 12th. Members will discuss and vote on recommendations from the Funding & Structure; Staffing & Training; Technology & Cybersecurity; and Oversight & Accountability subcommittees. In compliance with Maryland’s Open Meetings Law, the session will be live-streamed.
NG911 Commission Meeting Details
  • Who: NG911 Commission members, key stakeholders, and the public
  • When: Tuesday, October 12th at 10am
  • Where: Livestreaming on YouTube
The NG911 Commission is comprised of 9-1-1 Center directors; technology and telecommunications industry representatives; cybersecurity professionals; a bipartisan group of legislators; and other stakeholders– preparing Maryland to shift to Next Gen 9-1-1 technology. Inspired by the death of Rockville activist and District 17 resident Carl Henn when 9-1-1 failed, Sen. Cheryl Kagan (D-D/17) continues to serve as Chair.
“Over the past four years, this dedicated group of public safety experts on the Next Gen 9-1-1 Commission has made recommendations and supported legislation that will save lives for decades to come,” Kagan said. “I am so proud of our accomplishments that enhance the safety of all Marylanders.”
Draft Agenda (as of 10/7/2021)
1) Opening comments
2) Introductions
3) Brief remarks from Secretary Strickland
4) 2021 Commission Actions to Date
  • Letter to FCC re: Outages (Submitted: 7/27/2021)
  • Letter to FCC on RTT (Submitted: 9/13/2021)
  • Enforcement of Kari’s Law 
  • Prefiled bill requests
5) Updates & Pending Subcommittee Recommendations
  • Technology & Cybersecurity 
  • Enhancing Cybersecurity protection
  • Staffing & Training
  • Providing implicit bias training
  • Report on diversity in Maryland’s PSAPs
  • Finance & Structure
  • Comptroller audit update
  • Creating an operations handbook for 9-1-1 Board members
  • Filling vacancies on the 9-1-1 Board
  • Oversight & Accountability
  • Strengthening outage notification
  • Establishing a payment portal
6) Final Review of Commission Recommendations
7) Subcommittee Breakout – If needed
  • Review recommendations with outstanding questions
  • Address any remaining topics
  • Report content comments
8) Breakout Follow-up – If needed
9) Four-Year Commission Summary
10) Report Timeline/Next Steps
11) Closing Remarks
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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
lead a group of public safety experts from across Maryland
to prepare for the transition to NG911.