WASHINGTON, DC – The Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, chaired by Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), announced a hearing for Friday, September 14, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in room 2123 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing is entitled, “Solutions to Strengthen U.S. Public Safety Communications.”
Next week’s hearing will examine several bipartisan bills to improve public safety communications. The legislation to be discussed includes:
- H.R. 6424, the 9-1-1 Fee Integrity Act, introduced by #SubCommTech Vice Chairman Leonard Lance (R-NJ) and Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA). The bill would direct the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to issue rules, within six months of enactment, that would designate what is and is not an acceptable use of 9-1-1 fees collected by State, local, and Tribal governments.
- H.R. 5700, the National Non-Emergency Mobile Number Act, introduced by Reps. Susan Brooks (R-IN) and Eshoo. The bill would direct the FCC to start a proceeding to designate a national dialing short-code for mobile-device users to reach public safety personnel in critical, but non-emergency, circumstances.
- H.R. 6003, the Anti-Swatting Act of 2018, introduced by Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) and #SubDCCP Vice Chairman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). The bill would stiffen criminal penalties against those who intentionally transmit false or misleading caller ID information to Public Safety Answer Points with an intent to trigger an emergency response from law enforcement and first responders when in fact there is no threat to life, health or property.
“As we approach the 17th anniversary of the September 11th attacks on our nation, we are reminded of the critical role that our communications networks play in keeping Americans safe. I am pleased that members of the subcommittee from both sides of the aisle have come together on legislation to strengthen the 9-1-1 system and public safety communications,” said #SubCommTech Chairman Blackburn.
The Majority Memorandum, witness list, and witness testimony for the hearing will be available here as they are posted.