Public Safety Legislation

Federal Legislation




2018 & Before

RAY BAUM'S Act of 2018
H.R.1625 (Division P)
115th Congress
March 2018

The bill directs the FCC to (1) complete a proceeding within 18 months to consider adopting rules to ensure that the dispatchable location is conveyed with all 911 calls, regardless of technology platform and including 911 calls placed from multiline telephone systems; and (2) conduct a study on the public safety benefits, technical feasibility, and cost of making telecommunications service provider-owned Wi-Fi access points and other unlicensed technologies available to the public for direct access to 911 services during times of emergency when mobile service is unavailable.'

Kari's Law of 2017
115th Congress
January 2018

The bill requires that multi-line telephone systems permit users to directly dial 911 without having to first dial 9 or any other code. The bill also would require that installers of those systems configure them to provide notification to a central location at the facility when 911 is dialed.

National 911 Education Month Resolutions of 2018
115th Congress
April 2018

S. Res 476 established April 2018 as National 9-1-1 Education Month and urges Government officials, parents, teachers, school administrators, caregivers, businesses, non-profit organizations, and the people of the United States to observe the month with appropriate ceremonies, training events and activities.

NG911 Advancement Act of 2012
H.R.3630 (Subtitle E)
112th Congress
February 2012

Provides $115m for Next Generation 9-1-1 and begins a multi-year process of building a public safety broadband network that must interconnect with NG9-1-1 Systems. Additionally the law requires studies examining current 9-1-1 fees and the costs associated with Next Generation 9-1-1 – valuable information that will allow Congress to address NG9-1-1 system development, deployment, and maintenance funding issues.

New and Emerging Technologies (NET) 911 Improvement Act of 2008
110th Congress
July 2008

An act to promote and enhance public safety by facilitating the rapid deployment of IP-enabled 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 services, encourage the Nation's transition to a national IP-enabled emergency network, and improve 9-1-1 and E9-1-1 access to those with disabilities.

Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008 ("Farm Bill”)     

Pub. Law 110-246 (PDF)


Section 6107 of the 2008 Farm Bill, contained in Public Law 110-246 enables the Secretary of Agriculture to make loans to improve 9-1-1 access to entities eligible to borrow from the Rural Utilities Service (RUS). Such eligible entities include state or local governments or other public entities, Indian tribes and emergency communications equipment providers. The loans could be used for facilities and equipment to expand or improve 9-1-1 access and interoperable emergency communications. Government imposed fees, including state or local 9-1-1 fees, can be used as security for a loan.

Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007
H.R.1 (Title XXII)
110th Congress
August 2007

Makes $43.5 million available for PSAP grants authorized by the ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004 after 180 day rulemaking to determine criteria to receive grants (Title XXIII)

  • Authorizes $950 million per year for fiscal years 2008-2012 for a State Homeland Security Grant Program (Title I, Sec. 2004) and makes clear that such funds can be utilized for "supporting Public Safety Answering Points” (Title I, Sec. 2008)

  • Authorizes nearly $3.5 billion in Emergency Management Performance Grants which can be used for the construction of Emergency Operations Centers (Title II)

  • Establishes an Interoperable Emergency Communications Grant Program and authorizes $1.6 billion in grant funding for fiscal years 2009-2012 (Title III)

Pub. Law 110-53 (PDF)

ENHANCE 911 Act of 2004
108th Congress
December 2004

Established a National 9-1-1 Office charged with coordinating the implementation of 9-1-1 service at the Federal, State and local levels and administered a Federal 9-1-1 grant program; includes language to ensure funds collected on telecommunications bills for enhancing emergency 9-1-1 services are only used for the support of 9-1-1.

Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999'   Pub. Law 106-81 (PDF)
106th Congress
February 1999

An Act to promote and enhance public safety through use of 9-1-1 as the universal emergency assistance number, further deployment of wireless 9-1-1 service, support of States in upgrading 9-1-1 capabilities and related functions, encouragement of construction and operation of seamless, ubiquitous, and reliable networks for personal wireless services, and for other purposes.


Questions? We want to help. Click "Contact Us", call, or
connect via social media.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • Instagram

© 2005 - 2020 iCERT

1 Radburn Lane Newark, DE 19711
PH: 202-503-9998