For Immediate Release: April 16, 2009
LEGISLATURE ADDRESSES 911 CRISIS
House and Senate leaders announced the formation
of a “911 Task Force” today, which will study possible
changes needed to Oklahoma’s emergency communication system
as technology continuously evolves.
The Senate members of the task force will be Sens.
Cliff Aldridge, R-Midwest City, Roger Ballenger, D-Okmulgee, Brian
Bingman, R-Sapulpa, Cliff Branan, R-Oklahoma City and Bryce Marlatt,
R-Woodward. From the House, Reps. Jeff Hickman, R-Dacoma, Guy
Liebmann, R-Oklahoma City, Scott Martin, R-Norman, Steve Martin,
R-Bartlesville and Rep. Paul Roan, D-Tishomingo will serve on
the task force.
Experts have said that new technology has forced
the need to upgrade the state’s emergency 911 system. Rural
areas especially need to be brought up to standard, as many communities
are currently unable to provide any type of 911 services.
“Oklahoma’s emergency 911 systems are
a crucial element in our state’s public safety,” said
President Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City. “We
need a viable system that is going to be adequate for protecting
our generations to come.”
The demand for landline phone services—the
original source for 911 funding—is now rapidly declining.
Expensive system upgrades are required to update and adapt these
911 systems to newer technologies. As a result, the “911
Task Force” was created to study the funding and delivery
of 911 services.
“The functionality of our state’s emergency
communication system is critical to ensuring public safety,”
said House Speaker Chris Benge, R-Tulsa. “As technology
evolves, we must make sure our systems are updated in a timely
way to allow communication to continue uninterrupted in what is
often a dire time of need.”
For more information contact:
Senate Pro Tem Coffee's Office: 405-521-5636
House Speaker Chris Benge's Office: 405-962-7679