Legislature – 9-8-23

On Monday, the Senate Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee will hold a hearing on the reauthorization of Pennsylvania’s 911 law which expires on January 31, 2024. With regard to the 911 surcharge specifically, the committee is considering two pieces of legislation (SB 807 and HB 1304) which increase the surcharge from $1.65 to $1.97 with an automatic escalator for the next five years tied to increases in the CPI. Expectations are that PEMA, the County Commissioners Association (who are advocating for a $2.30 surcharge with an annual 15 cent surcharge for five years), and telco provider industry representatives will testify. On the other side of the Capitol building, the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee has scheduled a committee meeting for September 26th to receive a briefing on the reauthorization of the 911 law.  (See related story in Quotable Section)