FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 5, 2018
Senator Cheryl C. Kagan
District 17 (Rockville & Gaithersburg)
Senator Kagan to Propose Five Bills Related to 9-1-1 Issues
SB285 to be heard in Finance Committee Tomorrow
(Annapolis, MD): Senator Cheryl C. Kagan (D-Gaithersburg & Rockville) has been focused on our 9-1-1 emergency systems and plans to introduce five bills on the topic this session. The first of these, SB285, will be heard tomorrow in the Senate Finance Committee at 1pm. This bill, co-sponsored by Chairman Middleton, would bring together the best and the brightest emergency response experts, local government leaders, and service providers to study the issues that will likely arise. The transition to Next Generation 9-1-1 is complex and multi-faceted; we need to plan now in order to ensure smooth implementation.
Among the witnesses testifying for the bill tomorrow will be several police and emergency management system directors and a representative from the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), which has made this one of their priority bills this session.
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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.