HB 479

84(R) - 2015
House Homeland Security & Public Safety
House Homeland Security & Public Safety

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Cecil Bell Jr.

Bill Caption

 Regional emergency medical dispatch centers

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

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;

  1. Be able to select public safety answering points,

  2. Design criteria and protocols for the center,

  3. Collect data and reporting findings to the legislature and the public,

  4. Define criteria that establishes the need for emergency medical dispatch intervention, and

  5. Be in charge of all funds formerly allotted to the center.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 479 represents an administrative change by simply shifting from one authority to another. This administrative change has no impact on our liberty principles and for this reason we are neutral on HB 479.