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Regional 9-1-1 Emergency Number Program: Texas Implementation

911 symbolOn July 11, 1985, the Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) began a 17-month study on the feasibility of statewide implementation of 9-1-1. This commission was composed of state and local officials and representatives of major telephone companies throughout the state.

On January 20, 1987, the commission recommended to the 70th Legislature a proposal that provided: ANI as a minimal level of service; funding that included a flat fee on local exchange telephone service; a surcharge on intrastate long-distance toll. This recommendation was presented to the House of Representatives (as H.B.911) by Representative Bill Carter of Fort Worth and passed on May 21, 1987. It was then presented to the Senate by Senator Roy Blake of Nacogdoches and passed on May 21, 1987. It was signed into law by Governor Bill Clements on May 28, 1987. The bill was originally introduced for statewide implementation, but was later amended to make mandatory only those counties with a population of 120,000 or more. It allowed for the remainder of the areas to join the plan by the passage of a resolution of their governing bodies. House Bill 911 established a 16-member advisory commission that is responsible for implementation of statewide 9-1-1 telephone service.

The Texas Commission on State Emergency Communications is composed of members that represent the population, including local and state elected officials, representatives of local and long-distance telephone companies, public safety officials, and other concerned parties. These members include eight (8) appointed by the Governor, two (2) by the Lt. Governor, two (2) by the Speaker of the House, and four (4) ex officio members.

Public health and safety state agencies represented on the commission include the Texas Department of Public Safety, Criminal Justice Policy Council, and the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. The Commission was empowered to develop performance standards for equipment and operation of 9-1-1 service, to recommend minimum training standards, and to provide technical assistance in the establishment of 9-1-1 systems.

The legislation was written so as to allow local governments the decision of system design and operations according to their needs. The Councils of Governments (COGs) which have had years of experience in planning, grant application, and distribution of funds were the logical choice.

Contact Information
Christy Williams, Director of 9-1-1
Phone: 817-695-9204 | Fax: 817-640-7492

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