Next Generation 911 Bill Advances in Nebraska Legislature

Next Generation 911 Bill Advances in Nebraska Legislature
Senator Curt Friesen

BEATRICE – Nebraska lawmakers continued debate today on a bill designed to put in place next-generation 911 service that can handle wireless calls.  But, legislators were hung up on liability issues for operating such a system, referred to as, E-911.

LB 993 has been offered by Senator Curt Friesen.

:20                  “wireless caller”

The Nebraska Public Service Commission would have oversight of the new system, aided by creation of an advisory committee.

Senator Mike Hilgers offered an amendment dealing with liability issues.

:25                  “standard of liability”

An amendment offered on the liability issue would be limited to next-generation 911…..NOT changing the standard for existing 911 services.  Hilgers says that would govern those creating the technology, installing and maintaining it.

Senator Paul Schumacher objects to that change.

:30                  “in the wind”

Schumacher says the negligence standard applied in the older technology should be good for the newer technology.  Hilgers says what matters for the providers of the next generation systems is legal certainty.

:18                  “across states”

An amendment offered by the bill’s sponsor inserting the words “failure to use reasonable care” was adopted, and then LB 993 as amended, was advanced to the second round of consideration, on a 39-0 vote.

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