Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawmaker Wants More 911 System Oversight

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Lawmaker Wants More 911 System Oversight

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A state lawmaker plans to file a 911 reform bill to centralize oversight in the state emergency management agency.

State Rep. Josh Cockroft said that while there is a state 911 board, each dispatch center is run autonomously without state supervision.

"The intent is to create cost savings and consolidation opportunities through statewide oversight," said Cockroft, R- Wanette. "I have been working with the advisory board and other entities to come up with a plan to improve the 911 system in the state. My proposal will create statewide oversight and improve the way in which fees are distributed within the system."

Cockroft's proposal would place all 911 operations under the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and require that annual audits and reports from each go to the Statewide 911 State Advisory Board. …

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