Government Affairs Workgroup Update - June 2024


Posted on June 25, 2024

Chair: Jim Loftus, Product Manager, Siemens
Vice Chair: Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs, Honeywell
Sponsor: Alan Perdue, SBC
Co-Sponsor: John Foley, SBC 

As we’ve moved into the summer months, many states legislative bodies are out of session, so the activity level has slowed.

As part of our focus on School Safety, we continue to monitor “Alyssa’s Law”- as it's introduced into various states. 

Recently, Oklahoma has passed a bill and sent it to the governor for signature- Bill #4073 with along with the main provision of installing panic alarms, does have verbiage regarding public safety communications that could be utilized for ERCES.

The original Alyssa’s Law was passed in Nj and since then, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, and NY have passed legislation.

 Oklahoma Bill # 4073 excerpt:

A.  This act shall be known and may be cited as “Alyssa’s Law”. 

 B.  Beginning with the 2024-2025 school year, each school district in this state shall implement a mobile panic alert system. 

The system shall: 

1.  Connect emergency service technologies to ensure real-time coordination among multiple first responder agencies; and 

 2.  Integrate with public safety answering point infrastructure to transmit 9-1-1 calls and mobile activations.

Keep an eye on your local markets and drop us a line if you see or can contribute to any local legislation efforts.

Till next time, enjoy your summer!

Anyone interested in join subcommittee and contributing, please contact [email protected]