Illinois APCO jointly with Illinois NENA have a group of very dedicated members who serve on our Joint Legislative Committee. The Committee is tasked with monitoring legislation that directly effects 9-1-1 centers. The Committee along with our Lobbyist John Lowder dedicate countless hours to the task of working with the 9-1-1 Statewide Advisory Board as well as monitoring new legislation at the State and Federal level. The Committee meetis on a weekly basis or more often as needed and also advises the Association President's when there is a need for member action alerts on specific legislative matters.
The current Committee members are:
|Ralph Caldwell - Co Chair||David Tutlle - Co Chair|
|Brent Reynolds - ILAPCO President||Shelly Dallas - Illinois NENA President|
|Jason Kern||Cindy Wagner|
|Chris Kindelspire||John Ferraro|
|Tammy Peterson||Jessica Hasheider|
Legislative Update 6/1/2021
I am sure you have seen the communication from earlier today regarding the two Bills that we know have a direct impact on 9-1-1. The first is HB2784 Mental Health which passed the House and Senate last week, and the other is HB3702 which we discussed possibly being incorporated into a larger Telecom Bill. The language from HB 3702 was incorporated into the Telecom Bill HB3743 and it ultimately passed both the House and Senate this past extended weekend. That new Bill HB3743 has a Senate Amendment #2 that includes all 9-1-1 related items previously included in HB3702. You can click on the link to see the language. Also I have included an attached PDF of the HB3742 SA2 as well as a word document that includes some of the highlights, but is not all inclusive of the entire amendment.
INENA and IL APCO will continue to work with those involved in the Mental Health Bill HB2784 to make sure we are represented to help in the successful implementation of this newly passed legislation.
- Replaces everything after the enacting clause. Amends the Emergency Telephone System Act.
- Extends the repeal of the Act from December 31, 2021 to December 31, 2023.
- Makes various changes to definitions. Provides that within 18 months of the awarding of a contract under the Public Utilities Act to provide Next Generation 9-1-1 service (rather than by December 31, 2021), every 9-1-1 system in Illinois, except in a municipality with a population over 500,000, shall provide next generation 9-1-1 service.
- Provides that a municipality with a population over 500,000 shall establish a statewide Next Generation 9-1-1 network by December 31, 2023.
- Provides that the information registered by an emergency telephone system with the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator shall include the identification of the System Manager.
- Provides that an Emergency Telephone System Board has the power to designate a 9-1-1 System Manager, whose duties and responsibilities shall be set forth by the in writing.
- Defines "System Manager".
- Provides that the installation of or connection to a telephone company's network of any automatic alarm, automatic alerting device, or mechanical dialer that causes the number 9-1-1 to be dialed in order to directly access emergency services and does not provide for 2-way communication is prohibited in a 9-1-1 system.
- Provides that training for public safety telecommunicators must be completed within one year of the Statewide 9-1-1 Administrator establishing the required guidelines, rules, and standards.
- Provides that upon completing of training, all public safety telecommunicators must complete specified continuing education training regarding the delivery of 9-1-1 services and professionalism bi-annually.
- Provides that on or after January 1, 2024 (rather than 2022), a municipality with a population over 500,000 may not impose a monthly surcharge in excess of $2.50 per network connection.
- Provides that on or after January 1, 2024 (rather than 2022), the municipality may continue imposing and collecting its wireless carrier surcharge.
- Amends the Prepaid Wireless 9-1-1 Surcharge Act.
- Deletes language providing that on or after January 1, 2021, a home rule municipality having a population in excess of 500,000 may only impose a prepaid wireless 9-1-1 surcharge not to exceed 7% per retail transaction sourced to that jurisdiction.
Weekly Legislative Advisory
Each week when the Illinois General Assembly is in session or other times when needed, a weekly legislative advisory of bills that may effect the 9-1-1 Community. Those advisories can be reviewed below: