Maine LD 1256: An Act To Improve the Safety and Survival of 9-1-1 Callers and First Responders

LD 1256 (subjects: TELECOMMUNICATIONS , 9-1-1 EMERGENCY SYSTEM )

Official bill page at mainelegislature.org: http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/display_ps.asp?ld=1256&PID=1456&snum=127


Sponsors | Actions | Bill Text & Amendments | Patterns of Support


Sponsors

Principal Sponsor: Rep. Roberta Beavers of South Berwick: (D – District 2) — e-mail | Facebook

10 Cosponsors:

Actions

Chamber

Action
4/7/2015 House Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology suggested and ordered printed.
The Bill was REFERRED to the Committee on ENERGY, UTILITIES AND TECHNOLOGY.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
4/7/2015 Senate On motion by Senator Woodsome of York, REFERRED to the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, in concurrence.
6/3/2015 House CONSENT CALENDAR – FIRST DAY
Under suspension of the rules
CONSENT CALENDAR – SECOND DAY.
The Bill was PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED as Amended by Committee Amendment “A” (H-268)
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/4/2015 Senate Report READ and ACCEPTED, in concurrence.

READ ONCE.

Committee Amendment “A” (H-268) READ and ADOPTED, in concurrence.

Under suspension of the Rules, READ A SECOND TIME and PASSED TO BE ENGROSSED AS AMENDED BY Committee Amendment “A” (H-268), in concurrence.

Ordered sent down forthwith.
6/8/2015 House PASSED TO BE ENACTED.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/9/2015 Senate PASSED TO BE ENACTED, in concurrence.
6/22/2015 House This Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to Article IV, Part Third, Section 2 of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the House proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?”
ROLL CALL NO. 316V
130 having voted in the affirmative and 17 in the negative, with 4 being absent, and accordingly it was the vote of the House that the Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor, since two-thirds of the members of the House so voted.
Sent for concurrence. ORDERED SENT FORTHWITH.
6/22/2015 Senate On motion by Senator CUSHING of Penobscot Tabled until Later in Today’s Session, pending CONSIDERATION
6/22/2015 Senate Taken from the table by the President
LD 1256 In Senate, June 22, 2015, this Bill, having been returned by the Governor, together with objections to the same pursuant to the provisions of the Constitution of the State of Maine, after reconsideration, the Senate proceeded to vote on the question: “Shall this Bill become a law notwithstanding the objections of the Governor?” 33 IN FAVOR and 1 AGAINST, accordingly it was the vote of the Senate that the Bill become law and the VETO was OVERRIDDEN.

Bill Text & Amendments

Important Note: The bill text below presents L.D. 1256 as originally introduced. L.D. 1256 was changed by the legislature through amendment. To understand the impact of this legislation in proper context, be sure to read adopted amendment text, available here: C-A (H-268) .

An Act To Improve the Safety and Survival of 9-1-1 Callers and First Responders

Be it enacted by the People of the State of Maine as follows:

Sec. 1. 25 MRSA 2927, sub- 3-C is enacted to read:

3-C. Voluntary adoption of standardized dispatch protocols for police and fire 9-1-1 calls. To assist public safety answering points seeking to adopt and implement standardized dispatch protocols for answering police and fire 9-1-1 calls, the bureau shall use up to 5 of each surcharge collected under subsection 1-E to provide to those public safety answering points dispatcher training and certification consistent with the protocols, necessary software and printed support materials and a continuous quality improvement program that measures compliance with the protocols through ongoing random case review of each police and fire dispatcher.

A. The bureau shall adopt rules to develop criteria to determine which public safety answering points receive funding if more public safety answering points volunteer to adopt and implement standardized dispatch protocols for police and fire 9-1-1 calls than available funding will cover. Rules adopted pursuant to this paragraph are routine technical rules as defined in Title 5, chapter 375, subchapter 2-A.

Sec. 2. Rule-making process. In developing criteria under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 25, section 2927, subsection 3-C to determine which public safety answering points receive funding when more public safety answering points volunteer to adopt and implement standardized protocols for police and fire 9-1-1 calls than there is available funding, the Public Utilities Commission, Emergency Services Communication Bureau shall seek input from the statewide association of dispatchers. The criteria considered may include but are not limited to the following information about the public safety answering point seeking funding and assistance:

1. Number of employees;

2. Number of 9-1-1 calls received per year;

3. Number of municipalities served;

4. Total population served;

5. Number of fire departments served;

6. Number of police departments served;

7. Employee retention rate; and

8. The version of the software used by the public safety answering point.

summary

This bill allows the Public Utilities Commission, Emergency Services Communication Bureau to provide selected public safety answering points with assistance in the voluntary adoption and implementation of standardized dispatch protocols, which includes dispatcher training and certification consistent with the protocols, necessary software and printed support materials and a continuous quality improvement program that measures compliance with the protocols through ongoing random case review of each police and fire dispatcher. Funding is provided by allowing up to 5 of each statewide E-9-1-1 surcharge collected to be used by the bureau.

The bill directs the bureau to adopt routine technical rules that contain criteria to determine how to allocate resources amongst public safety answering points if more public safety answering points seek to adopt and implement standardized dispatch protocols than available funding will cover. This bill directs the bureau to seek input from the statewide association of dispatchers when developing the criteria for rules.

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Note: Maine Clean Elections Act (MCEA) Qualified candidates only accept a small dollar value of initial contributions early in their campaigns, pledge not to accept further campaign contributions from private sources, and receive public funding for their campaigns. MCEA Non-Qualified candidates choose not to obtain public funding and instead are free to accept campaign contributions from individuals, party committees, political action committees and business sources.


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