Pennsylvania Senate passes 9-1-1 upgrade

| 7/9/2003

The Pennsylvania Senate passed legislation June 23 intended to upgrade 9-1-1 emergency services for cell phone users statewide.

SB432, which passed the Senate 48-1, would establish an enhanced wireless e-9-1-1 emergency telephone system to allow county 9-1-1 centers to pinpoint the location and phone number of a person who is calling for emergency assistance.

The enhancements would be administered by the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency and paid for through a $1 monthly surcharge on the state’s wireless phone users.

The bill, sponsored by Sen. Joe Conti, R-Bucks, has been forwarded to the House for consideration.