[r65] Rep. Koch Named to 9-1-1 Panel (5/8/2009)

Friday, May 8, 2009

Start Date: 5/8/2009 All Day
End Date: 5/8/2009

Rep. Koch Named to 9-1-1 Panel

Working Group to Modernize Indiana Law

STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) has been named to a working group tasked with updating and modernizing Indiana's 9-1-1 statute. Rep. Koch has been asked by Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock to serve on a 17-member working group that will prepare legislation to modernize Indiana's 25-year-old 9-1-1 statute.

The working group will include representation from all four legislative caucuses, the telecommunications industry, county sheriffs, the wireless industry and county government. Rep. Koch will represent House Republicans.

The current statute was enacted before widespread cellular telephone use and other technological advances. Many counties struggle to fund the modernization of local 9-1-1 dispatch center.

"The 911 service is a vital and basic function of government that any one of us could need at any time," said Rep. Koch. "I look forward to the opportunity to draft legislation that will modernize our 911 framework to more efficiently, reliably, and equitably serve Hoosiers."

The 911 working group will prepare legislation for the 2010 session of the General Assembly.

State Treasurer Mourdock serves as chairman of the Indiana Wireless E911 Advisory Board. For more information, see http://www.911coverage.org/.  

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Rep. Koch is a member of the House Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities Committee and is assistant Republican caucus chairman.  He represents House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties.