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Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee Seeking Public Comment

Wednesday, May 18, 2016/Categories: Legislative Branch/Tags: Energy & Telecommunications Interim Committee

The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC) of the Montana Legislature is seeking public comment through June 17 on  draft legislation updating and revising Montana's 9-1-1 laws.

The ETIC, as guided by House Joint Resolution No. 7, is reviewing next-generation 9-1-1 (NG911). The committee asked 9-1-1 stakeholders to work together on NG911 and to provide the ETIC with recommendations on planning for and implementing NG911. Stakeholders, along with an advisory council formed by the Governor, provided the ETIC with preliminary recommendations on how to update Montana's 9-1-1 laws and use NG911 to enhance public safety in Montana. The recommendations developed into a draft report and the draft legislation.

The bill draft requested by ETIC incorporates the recommendations and deals specifically with NG911 and updates Montana's statutes to address evolving technology. The bill draft deals with 9-1-1 jurisdiction, regarding the division of authorities and responsibilities between state and local governments; governance, or recommendations for engaging state and local stakeholders in future program management; technology, or recommendations for current 9-1-1 systems and supporting deployment of NG911; and updating the overall funding mechanism and distribution of 9-1-1 funds in Montana. The committee is seeking suggestions for potential amendments to the draft legislation to consider in July.

The ETIC will meet July 14-15 in Helena to review and discuss the public comments received on the draft legislation and the draft report. The committee will then determine how best to amend the draft and whether it should be brought before the 2017 Legislature.

The committee is requesting comment on:

Public comments should be submitted by June 17 to Sonja Nowakowski, ETIC staff, at snowakowski@mt.gov (put HJ 7 in the subject line) or to Legislative Services Division, Attn. Sonja Nowakowski, P.O. Box 201704, Helena, MT 59620-1704.

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