Legislation & Policy
As new technologies, such as Next Generation 911, are developed, multiple government entities may coordinate together in investment and governance. Shared planning and implementation may require changes to existing laws or additional documentation and legislation. Below, find resources to help navigate governance and legislative changes, including: a database that tracks changes to state and territory 911 laws, legislative language and model state 911 plan documents, and a current map of the 911 authority structure in each state and territory.
911 National Legislation Tracking
The National 911 Program partners with the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL) to create a 911 database for tracking all modifications to new and existing laws across the U.S. and its territories. The database is searchable by state, topic, keyword and other filters, and is updated bi-weekly.
Guidelines for State NG911 Legislative Language and Model State 911 Plan
The Program encourages regular sharing of information across states and governing bodies to ensure the needs of the public are met in this changing emergency communications environment. Such collaboration led to the creation, and recent update, of two valuable resources: Guidelines for State NG911 Legislative Language and the Model State 911 Plan.
State and Territory 911 Authority Structures
Each state and territory manages 911 in a different way. Some have a designated state-level 911 authority that oversee all responsibility for 911, while others share responsibility with other agencies, or have no 911 authority at all. Because the structures vary, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for efforts like NG911 implementation. The National Association of State 911 Administrators (NASNA) tracks the different authority structures and periodically updates the State and Territory 911 Authority Structure map, shown below. It is available for download here.