McCann: Senate passes legislation to save 911 services
SPRINGFIELD – The Illinois Senate has approved legislation to make sure that 9-1-1 systems do not go offline after June 30. According to State Senator Sam McCann (R-Plainview), the bipartisan bill will also help modernize the state’s telecommunications system.
“We can’t have a situation where people dial 9-1-1 in an emergency and hear a recording saying that the number is out of service,” said Senator McCann. “This will make sure that in times of crisis, emergency responders are all still just a single call away.”
The current law that authorizes 9-1-1 services is set to expire on June 30. House Bill 1811 reauthorizes those services until the end of December 2020.
The legislation will also help transition the state from an outdated phone system to 21st century IP services.
“This legislation will make sure we are investing in a 21st century communications technology, instead of pouring money into an old outdated network,” said Senator McCann.
House Bill 1811 passed the Senate by a wide bipartisan margin and is now headed to the Illinois House for a concurrence vote in that chamber.