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Call to Action from NC APCO President

posted Apr 24, 2015, 2:31 PM by Grayson Gusa   [ updated Apr 24, 2015, 2:38 PM ]
From: Ellis Frazier, President of North Carolina APCO
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 13:15


In lieu of the fast moving legislature this year we will be sending out numerous emails specifically about proposed bills that affects PSAP's. In some instances multiple bills are assigned to be heard by one committee so emails may have multiple listings with the hyperlink to these bills. To attempt to gain the attention of legislators locally and on these committees we need to reach out right now.

Senate Bill 571 is a bill which could create immediate funding shortage and completely devastate future 911 Surcharge funding. I have spoken with the NC APCO/NC NENA lobbyist and expressed the truly devastating impact this bill will indeed create he is working but has stated very honestly we need to get working right now!

Senate Bill 571 will open the 911 Surcharge fund surplus which PSAP's have as of July 1, 2014 and make them available to ANY local government for any use. The wording in the bill is so open it will allow the pillaging of these funds to occur year after year if the bill passes. We have seen these types of bills become law and know the PSAP funding could become nothing short of a fleeting thought and the citizens will suffer without even being made aware. Instances such as these have occurred in New York State and left agencies with no money to upgrade technology and without technical support. The only sustainable funding source for PSAP's is currently under the microscope. Training funds may be depleted as local governments get new mowers for their parks and new buildings for other departments. Here is the hyperlink to the bill for you to read in it's current revision:
http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Applications/BillLookUp/LoadBillDocument.aspx?SessionCode=2015&DocNum=1988&SeqNum=0

NC APCO will be partnering with the Telco's as they also oppose this bill. NC APCO is urging our members both front line and management/administrative to reach out to every legislator you can at this time to let them know the capabilities of providing the best service possible to our citizens in their time of emergency are at risk with this bill. The citizens and response personnel depend on us in their darkest hour and we depend on these funds being allocated to the functions of our PSAP's to provide the most up to date capabilities.

Please reach out today in opposition to this devastating bill. WE need your voice!

Ellis Frazier, ENP
Communications Director
Yadkin County Sheriff's Office
(336) 849-7816 Office
(336) 679-2883 Fax
PO Box 443
Yadkinville, NC 27055-0443



From: Ellis Frazier, President of North Carolina APCO
Sent: Friday, April 24, 2015 12:53


Hello all, NOW IS THE TIME TO ACT!

I just wanted to update everyone on the Communicator Liability House Bill (HB352) to grant Telecommunicators liability protection as with other public safety professionals from personal lawsuits. The meeting to decide on making this bill a law will be Wednesday April 29 at 12:30 pm. Please let your legislators know you are in favor of this bill to grant some immunity to communications personnel and to prevent communicators from having to pay for their own personal counsel in the wake of some lawsuits in the same manner other public safety personnel are currently under the law.

Your future is in your hands and could be a simple phone call. Call today, or next Monday and Tuesday and ask your legislators to help Representative Torbett. It is time we are recognized as public safety professionals and deserve the same protections under the law.

Ellis Frazier, ENP
Communications Director
Yadkin County Sheriff's Office
(336) 849-7816 Office
(336) 679-2883 Fax
PO Box 443
Yadkinville, NC 27055-0443