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[r30] Rep. Karickhoff chairs committee meeting, hears PSAP testimony
Start Date: 9/24/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 9/24/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
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STATEHOUSE - State Rep. Mike Karickhoff (R-Kokomo) chaired the second of four interim study committee meetings of the Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations this week. The commission discussed Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 345 addressing the funding of Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), the centers where 9-1-1 calls are answered.

“It is important that the commission understands how the local dispatch centers are funded so they are able to make informed recommendations to the General Assembly,” Rep. Karickhoff said. “We are looking for models that Indiana can implement statewide in our efforts to reduce costs and increase efficiency.”

John Krauss, Director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute, gave an overview of the PSAP’s current structure, emphasizing that the commission should explore who should be responsible for the collection of funding for 9-1-1 services and how the funds should be distributed.

The commission heard testimony from the Executive Director of the Statewide 9-1-1 Board, Barry Ritter, who outlined what SEA 345 accomplished as an effort to keep 9-1-1 services functional. He explained the fee structure established by the new law and how fees are distributed to the counties for PSAP operations.

Individuals testified on behalf of Indiana’s cities, counties, towns and the Telecommunications Association that SEA 345 is a step in the right direction, but the PSAP structure still needs work.

Officials from Kokomo and Howard County also described the successes of consolidating PSAP operations. The city and county reduced their operation expenses from $2 million annually to approximately $1.3 million after the consolidation.  Lake County officials claimed to be making progress as well, but are concerned over the loss of local control of PSAP rates since the implementation of SEA 345.

“We are impressed with the level of success seen by Kokomo and Howard County, but I look forward to hearing from more communities in the coming meetings,” said Rep. Karickhoff.

The next two meetings have been scheduled for Oct. 9 and Oct. 25 from 1-4 p.m. in the Indiana Government Center South, Conference Room A. On Oct. 9 additional testimonies will be heard from interested parties.  On Oct. 25, a recommendation will be made for the General Assembly’s upcoming session.

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Name: Maggie Johnson
Phone: 317-232-9693
Email: majohnso@iga.in.gov
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