The Florida 911 Coordinators Association was officially established on November 28, 2017 and the first founding Board of Directors planning meeting was held on Friday, February 9, 2018 at the Brevard County 911 Administration Office.
We look forward to working with Florida APCO and Florida NENA on topics of interest to make The State of FLORIDA the best of the best!
With the help of Orange County 911 Coordinator Annette Rodgers, I was able to gain an audience with State Representative Geraldine Thompson who represents Orange County. In what seemed like a very quick 60 minutes, I talked to her about the need for an increase in the $0.40 911 fee. With the help of a PowerPoint presentation, I felt I presented a good argument. She and her assistant had some very good questions and each of their questions was answered within the presentation.
At the conclusion, I discovered and did not previously know this, but apparently each State Representative is limited to the number of bills they can present, and I think that number is six. I am not speaking in exact terms here so don't quote me. Representative Thompson assistant advised they already have five and there were seven more on the list to be reviewed. I did share that my intent was to bring back draft revisions to 365.172 and 173 FS and was hoping to acquire the assistance of a consultant to help with that. It is already too late in the upcoming legislative session to pursue this issue but the message about the need to increase the 911 fee needs continue to be heard. I asked Representative Thompson if it is best to present the issue of increasing the 911 fee along with draft statute language and she responded in the affirmative.
Hopefully the membership agrees to hire a consultant to revise the statutes governing 911 fees and then locate a member of the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate to move the issue forward.
A. Keith Godwin, CPM, ENP
President, Florida 911 Coordinators Association, Inc
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