National Database of 2016 State 911 Legislation Now Available

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National Database of 2016 State 911 Legislation Now Available              

State legislatures work regularly to enhance communication with emergency services, passing a variety of important measures to meet the needs of their communities nationwide.

Today the National 911 Program and the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) announced that summaries of 911-related state legislation enacted during 2016 are now available on the NCSL website

Since 2012, the 911 Legislation Tracking Database has served as a resource for states in preparing for the transition to NG911 and collaboration with FirstNet. The searchable database, which tracks legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, provides insight into other states' legislative efforts and allows for comparison of recently enacted or modified laws. 

Activity in 2016 includes: 

  • 10 states passed measures that support the funding, implementation or governance of Next Generation 911. Some of the bills define NG911, while others require the implementation of NG911 
  • Oklahoma and Tennessee enacted Kari's Law - legislation requiring multiple-line telephone systems to allow a user to directly dial 911 without having to dial any other number first
  • Legislation in Colorado, Michigan and Ohio addresses immunity for individuals who report drug and alcohol overdoses 

Information in the database is searchable by state, topic, keyword, year, status and primary sponsor, and is updated bi-weekly. Topics include:

  • 911 Administration, Plans, Boards and Commissions
  • 911 Fee, Service Fee or Surcharge
  • 911 Funding and Appropriations
  • 911 Privacy and Confidentiality
  • Enhanced 911
  • Next Generation/Advanced 911
  • Wireless 911 

To access the database, the 2016 911 legislation summary report, or for more information, visit or contact Amanda Essex at NCSL at