9-1-1 

Bill: HB 2402
Sponsor: Rep. Ryan Spain
Status: House Executive Committee
Position: Neutral
Description: Emergency Consolidation Exempt
House Bill 2402 would exempt Stark County from the PSAP consolidation requirements in statute.  

Bill: HB 5157
Sponsor: Rep. Willis
Status: House Public Utilities Committee
Position: Neutral
Description: Emergency Telephone System Act
House Bill 5157 is a rewrite of the Emergency telephone System Act governing 9-1-1 services. The bill extends the repeal of the Act from December 31, 2020 to December 31, 2023. It updates a number of definitions in preparation of Next Generation 9-1-1 services and based on the implementation of the consolidation requirements in the current Act. It makes minor changes to the composition of the 9-1-1 Advisory Board and establishes training, certification and continuing education for dispatchers.

The telecommunications industry is concerned with the provision in this legislation that requires every 9-1-1 system in Illinois to provide next generation 9-1-1 service within 12 months of the awarding of a contract to a certified 9-1-1 system service provider for the implementation of a statewide NG 9-1-1 network. Twelve months is not viewed as a realistic timeframe to build, implement and fully integrate the NG 9-1-1 network.