SB787: Wireless E-911 Services Board; changes name to E-911 Services Board.
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:
§ 2.2-225. Position established; agencies for which responsible; additional powers.
The position of Secretary of Technology (the Secretary) is
created. The Secretary shall be responsible to the Governor for the following
agencies, councils, and boards: Information Technology Advisory Council,
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Investment Authority, Virginia Information
Technologies Agency, Virginia Geographic Information Network Advisory Board,
Wireless E-911 Services Board.
The Governor, by executive order, may assign any other state executive agency
to the Secretary, or reassign any agency listed in this section to another
Unless the Governor expressly reserves such power to himself, the Secretary may, with regard to strategy development, planning and budgeting for technology programs in the Commonwealth:
1. Monitor trends and advances in fundamental technologies of interest and importance to the economy of the Commonwealth and direct and approve a stakeholder-driven technology strategy development process that results in a comprehensive and coordinated view of research and development goals for industry, academia and government in the Commonwealth. This strategy shall be updated biennially and submitted to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate.
2. Work closely with the appropriate federal research and development agencies and program managers to maximize the participation of Commonwealth industries and universities in these programs consistent with agreed strategy goals.
3. Direct the development of plans and programs for strengthening the technology resources of the Commonwealth's high technology industry sectors and for assisting in the strengthening and development of the Commonwealth's Regional Technology Councils.
4. Direct the development of plans and programs for improving access to capital for technology-based entrepreneurs.
5. Assist the Joint Commission on Technology and Science created pursuant to § 30-85 in its efforts to stimulate, encourage, and promote the development of technology in the Commonwealth.
6. Continuously monitor and analyze the technology investments and strategic initiatives of other states to ensure the Commonwealth remains competitive.
7. Strengthen interstate and international partnerships and relationships in the public and private sectors to bolster the Commonwealth's reputation as a global technology center.
8. Develop and implement strategies to accelerate and expand the commercialization of intellectual property created within the Commonwealth.
9. Ensure the Commonwealth remains competitive in cultivating and expanding growth industries, including life sciences, advanced materials and nanotechnology, biotechnology, and aerospace.
10. Monitor the trends in the availability and deployment of and access to broadband communications services, which include, but are not limited to, competitively priced, high-speed data services and Internet access services of general application, throughout the Commonwealth and advancements in communications technology for deployment potential. The Secretary shall report annually by December 1 to the Governor and General Assembly on those trends.
11. Review and approve the procurement or termination of major information technology projects, and contracts or amendments thereto proposed by the Chief Information Officer (CIO) pursuant to § 2.2-2007.
12. Review and approve statewide technical and data standards for information technology and related systems, including the utilization of nationally recognized technical and data standards for health information technology systems or software purchased by a state agency of the Commonwealth, as recommended by the CIO.
13. Develop criteria and requirements defining "major information technology project" for purposes of § 2.2-2006. Such criteria and requirements shall include, but are not limited to, analysis of each project's risk and complexity.
§ 2.2-2031. Division of Public Safety Communications established; appointment of Virginia Public Safety Communications Coordinator; duties of Division.
A. There is established within VITA
Division of Public Safety Communications (the Division), which shall be headed
by a Virginia Public Safety Communications Coordinator, appointed by the CIO
with the advice and consent of the Wireless
E-911 Services Board. The Division shall consist of such personnel as the CIO
deems necessary. The operating expenses, administrative costs, and salaries of
the employees of the Division shall be paid from the Wireless E-911 Fund
created pursuant to § 56-484.17.
B. The Division shall provide staff support to the
Wireless E-911 Services Board
and encourage, promote, and assist in the development and deployment of
statewide enhanced emergency telecommunications systems.
§ 56-484.12. Definitions.
As used in this article, unless the context requires a different meaning:
"Automatic location identification" or "ALI" means a telecommunications network capability that enables the automatic display of information defining the geographical location of the telephone used to place a wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 call.
"Automatic number identification" or "ANI" means a telecommunications network capability that enables the automatic display of the telephone number used to place a wireless Enhanced 9-1-1 call.
"Board" means the
Wireless E-911 Services Board created pursuant to this
"Chief Information Officer" or "CIO" means the Chief Information Officer appointed pursuant to § 2.2-2005.
"Coordinator" means the Virginia Public Safety Communications Systems Coordinator employed by the Division.
"CMRS" means mobile telecommunications service as defined in the federal Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act, 4 U.S.C. § 124, as amended.
"CMRS provider" means an entity authorized by the Federal Communications Commission to provide CMRS within the Commonwealth of Virginia.
"Division" means the Division of Public Safety Communications created in § 2.2-2031.
"Enhanced 9-1-1 service" or "E-911" means a service consisting of telephone network features and PSAPs provided for users of telephone systems enabling such users to reach a PSAP by dialing the digits "9-1-1." Such service automatically directs 9-1-1 emergency telephone calls to the appropriate PSAPs by selective routing based on the geographical location from which the emergency call originated and provides the capability for ANI and ALI features.
"FCC order" means Federal Communications Commission Order 94-102 (61 Federal Register 40348) and any other FCC order that affects the provision of E-911 service to CMRS customers.
"Local exchange carrier" means any public service company granted a certificate to furnish public utility service for the provision of local exchange telephone service pursuant to Chapter 10.1 (§ 56-265.1 et seq.) of Title 56.
"Place of primary use" has the meaning as defined in the federal Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act, 4 U.S.C. § 124, as amended.
"Postpaid CMRS" means CMRS that is not prepaid CMRS, as defined in § 56-484.17:1.
"Public safety answering point" or "PSAP" means a facility (i) equipped and staffed on a 24-hour basis to receive and process E-911 calls or (ii) that intends to receive and process E-911 calls and has notified CMRS providers in its jurisdiction of its intention to receive and process such calls.
"VoIP service" means interconnected voice over Internet protocol service as defined in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 47, Part 9, section 9.3, as amended.
"Wireless E-911 CMRS costs" means all reasonable, direct recurring and nonrecurring capital costs and operating expenses incurred by CMRS providers in designing, upgrading, leasing, purchasing, programming, installing, testing, administering, delivering, or maintaining all necessary data, hardware, software and local exchange telephone service required to provide wireless E-911 service, which have been sworn to by an authorized agent of a CMRS provider.
"Wireless E-911 Fund" means a dedicated fund consisting of all moneys collected pursuant to the wireless E-911 surcharge, all prepaid wireless E-911 charges collected pursuant to § 56-484.17:1, and any additional funds otherwise allocated or donated to the Wireless E-911 Fund.
"Wireless E-911 service" means the E-911 service required to be provided by CMRS providers pursuant to the FCC order.
"Wireless E-911 surcharge" means a monthly fee of $0.75 billed with respect to postpaid CMRS by each CMRS provider and CMRS reseller on each CMRS number of a customer with a place of primary use in Virginia.
§ 56-484.13. E-911 Services Board; membership; terms; compensation.
A. The Wireless E-911 Services Board is hereby
created continued as the E-911 Services Board. The Board shall
plan, promote and offer assistance:
1. In the statewide development, deployment, and maintenance of enhanced wireless emergency telecommunications services and technologies; and
2. In the development and deployment of enhanced wireline emergency telecommunications services and technologies only in specific local jurisdictions that were not wireline E-911 capable by July 1, 2000.
The Board shall exercise the powers and duties conferred in this article.
Services Board may promote and offer planning assistance:
1. In the statewide development, deployment, and maintenance of VoIP E-911 and any other future communications technologies accessing E-911 for emergency purposes;
2. To the Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA), and other stakeholder agencies, in the development and deployment of a statewide public safety network that will support future E-911 and other public safety applications; and
3. However, the Board shall seek funding from sources other than CMRS providers or customers of CMRS to support efforts that exceed the scope of wireless E-911 service.
C. The Board shall consist of 15 members as follows: the Director of the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, who shall serve as chairman of the Board; the Comptroller, who shall serve as the treasurer of the Board; the Chief Information Officer; and the following 12 members to be appointed by the Governor: one member representing the Virginia State Police, one member representing a local exchange carrier providing E-911 service in Virginia, two members representing wireless service providers authorized to do business in Virginia, three county, city or town PSAP directors or managers representing diverse regions of Virginia, one Virginia sheriff, one chief of police, one fire chief, one emergency medical services manager, and one finance officer of a county, city, or town.
D. All members appointed by the Governor shall serve five-year terms. The CIO and the Comptroller shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. No gubernatorial appointee shall serve more than two consecutive terms.
E. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum. The Board shall meet at least quarterly or at the call of its chairman.
G. The Division shall provide staff support to the Board. The Geographic Information Network Division created in § 2.2-2026 and the Virginia Department of Transportation shall provide such technical advice as the Board requires.
§ 56-484.14. Powers and duties of E-911 Services Board.
The E-911 Services Board shall have the power and duty to:
1. Make and enter into all contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its duties and the execution of its powers, including purchase agreements payable from (i) the Wireless E-911 Fund and (ii) other moneys appropriated for the provision of enhanced 9-1-1 services.
2. Pursue all legal remedies to enforce any provision of this article, or any contract entered into pursuant to this article.
3. Develop a comprehensive, statewide enhanced 9-1-1 plan for wireless E-911, VoIP E-911, and any other future communications technologies accessing E-911 for emergency purposes. In constructing and periodically updating this plan as appropriate, the Board shall monitor trends and advances in enhanced wireless, VoIP, and other emergency telecommunications technologies, plan and forecast future needs for these enhanced technologies, and formulate strategies for the efficient and effective delivery of enhanced 9-1-1 services in the future with the exclusion of traditional circuit-switched wireline 9-1-1 service.
4. Grant such extensions of time for compliance with the provisions of § 56-484.16 as the Board deems appropriate.
5. Take all steps necessary to inform the public of the use of the digits "9-1-1" as the designated emergency telephone number and the use of the digits "#-7-7" as a designated non-emergency telephone number.
6. Report annually to the Governor, the Senate Committee on Finance and the House Committee on Appropriations, and the Virginia State Crime Commission on (i) the state of enhanced 9-1-1 services in the Commonwealth, (ii) the impact of, or need for, legislation affecting enhanced 9-1-1 services in the Commonwealth, and (iii) the need for changes in the E-911 funding mechanism provided to the Board, as appropriate.
7. Provide advisory technical assistance to PSAPs and state and local law enforcement, and fire and emergency medical service agencies, upon request.
8. Collect, distribute, and withhold moneys from the Wireless E-911 Fund as provided in this article.
9. Develop a comprehensive single, statewide electronic addressing database to support geographic data and statewide base map data programs pursuant to § 2.2-2027.
10. Receive such funds as may be appropriated for purposes consistent with this article and such gifts, donations, grants, bequests, or other funds as may be received from, applied for or offered by either public or private sources.
11. Manage other moneys appropriated for the provision of enhanced emergency telecommunications services.
12. Perform all acts necessary, convenient or desirable to carrying out the purposes of this article.
13. Drawing from the work of E-911 professional organizations, in its sole discretion, publish best practices for PSAPs. These best practices shall be voluntary and recommended by a subcommittee composed of PSAP representatives.
14. Monitor developments in enhanced 9-1-1 service and
multiline telephone systems and the impact of such technologies upon the
implementation of Article 8 (§ 56-484.19 et seq.)
of Chapter 15 of Title 56. The Board shall include
its assessment of such impact in the annual report filed pursuant to