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HB 479 gives additional authority on planning to the Commission on State Emergency Communications (“commission”) and relieves UT-Galveston’s Medical center from specific duties. If this bill passes, the commission would now have additional administrative authority to do the following;
Be able to select public safety answering points,
Design criteria and protocols for the center,
Collect data and reporting findings to the legislature and the public,
Define criteria that establishes the need for emergency medical dispatch intervention, and
Be in charge of all funds formerly allotted to the center.