Legislature(1993 - 1994)

03/11/1993 08:00 AM House STA

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  HB 142:  ENHANCED 911 SYSTEMS                                                
  Number 135                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY read the title to HB 142 and asked its                        
  sponsor, Representative Ulmer, for her statement.                            
  REPRESENTATIVE FRAN ULMER, PRIME SPONSOR OF HB 142,                          
  explained how 911 systems would be improved through a                        
  voluntary community wide phone tariff.  She deferred to two                  
  Alaska fire fighters to provide the committee with more                      
  details about the system.                                                    
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY called for a five minute at ease at 8:55 a.m.                 
  Number 165                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY called the committee back to order at 9:00                    
  a.m. and began taking public testimony.                                      
  Number 167                                                                   
  explained that both groups supported the concept of HB 142,                  
  primarily because it provided a funding mechanism that had                   
  been lacking in the past.  He also noted how enhanced 911                    
  systems could become potential lifesavers for people                         
  incapacitated by either injury, sickness or in a fire.  He                   
  also noted HB 142 probably needed amending, but did not                      
  specify how.                                                                 
  Number 204                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY asked Mr. George if the 50 cents per phone                    
  line charge constituted a tariff, and if the association                     
  could support such a tariff.                                                 
  Number 206                                                                   
  MR. GEORGE stated he recognized the charges as a tariff and                  
  supported it.                                                                
  Number 211                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY asked if 50 cents per line would be adequate.                 
  Number 217                                                                   
  MR. GEORGE explained how all monies collected would be                       
  dedicated to the system.  He found the figure acceptable.                    
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER was open to amending HB 142.                            
  Number 278                                                                   
  in favor of increasing the amount to fund more sophisticated                 
  911 reporting equipment.  He asserted crews could respond                    
  more effectively with such equipment, and suggested an                       
  amendment to effect the change.                                              
  Number 309                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE OLBERG offered to serve on a subcommittee to                  
  investigate the differences and similarities of HB 142 and                   
  HB 166.                                                                      
  Number 314                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER asked how many calls were generated in                  
  Juneau or in the state annually.                                             
  MR. FANNING stated Juneau police received about 20,000 calls                 
  each year, but the system only provided dispatchers with the                 
  number the call came from and not the address, a feature he                  
  advocated to save time.                                                      
  Number 355                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER asked the amount needed to construct                    
  such a system.                                                               
  MR. FANNING stated it would cost $2.3 million in equipment                   
  alone, with no personnel costs factored in.                                  
  Number 365                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked committee members if such a tariff                 
  constituted a dedicated fund.                                                
  Number 370                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER explained at length why a fund such as                  
  this would be a tariff, but because the legislature would                    
  re-appropriate the fund every year, it did not constitute a                  
  dedicated fund.                                                              
  Number 417                                                                   
  REPRESENTATIVE KOTT asked if the 50 cent line charge would                   
  apply to businesses on every extension they owned.                           
  REPRESENTATIVE ULMER explained the charge would apply only                   
  to the first 100 lines owned.                                                
  Number 451                                                                   
  CHAIRMAN VEZEY adjourned the meeting at 9:18 a.m.                            

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