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Farry to Chair House Committee Hearing on Changes to 911 Emergency System

WHAT:         Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), majority chairman of the Subcommittee on Security and Emergency Response, will chair the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee public hearing being held to gather input on necessary changes to the 911 Emergency Telephone Act. Among the issues to be examined are the reauthorization of wireless surcharges, which are set to expire, and needed updates to language in the law to keep pace with advancing communications technology.

WHO:            Farry; and members of the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee. Testifiers will include Major Scott Neal, director of communication and information services, Pennsylvania State Police; Bob Full, chief deputy director, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency(PEMA); Dave Holl, deputy director of administration, PEMA; Kenneth Budka, Ph.D., chief technology officer, Strategic Industries Alcatel-Lucent; Beth Cooley, director, State Legislative Affairs Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association; Frank Buzydlowski, director of government relations, Verizon; Steve Samara, president, Pennsylvania Telephone Association; Dave Kerr, regional vice president, AT&T; Mike McGrady, chairman, Joint Association of Public Safety Communications Officials(APCO) /National Emergency Number Association (NENA) Legislative Affairs Committee; Brian Melcer, Lawrence County 911 and Pennsylvania NENA western area representative; Robert Haffner, NENA president director, City Bethlehem 911 Center; Tracy Carl, president director of Radio Technology Bucks County; Commissioner Matt McConnell, Mercer County; and Councilman Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County.

WHEN:          Wednesday, Sept. 18, starting at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE:        Rock Run Inn, 800 Rock Run Road, Elizabeth, PA.

LIVE WEBSTREAMING:  The hearing will be streamed live at and

Office of State Rep. Frank Farry
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