Keith Flewelling

2018 End of Session Report

Day 60 Legislative Update 

The Legislature adjourned Sine Die at 10:30 PM on Thursday, March 8th.  This is the first time since 2014 that lawmakers were able to complete their work on time and only the second time in the last decade.  

Over 1,400 bills were introduced over the past 9 weeks.  The Governor will have 20 days to take action (not including Sundays) on those bills that passed the legislature and made it to his desk.
The House and Senate paid tribute this week to 7 legislators (6 of them Republicans) who have announced that they will not be seeking re-election.   With candidate filing still 2 months away, it is possible that others may decide not to run as well.

Issues / Bills of Interest


HB 2892 Establishing the mental health field response team program

Creates the mental health field response team grant program, administered by the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.  The bills now include APCO amended language that directs WASPC to coordinate with the 911 systems and others to develop and incorporate telephone triage and dispatch protocols in the program.  Delivered to the Governor on March 8th.  He will have 60 days to act not including Sunday's.   APCO Supports **Update – Governor Inslee signed the bill on 3/22/18.

SB 6032 Final Supplemental Operating Budget 
(911 Account Funding)
Includes $1.582 million GFS and $2,618 million E911 Account are provided soley for the department to complete the internet protocol based next generation 911 network project while maintaining financical assistance to counties.  Fully funds E911 Account Budget Shortfall.  Delivered to the Governor on March 8th.  APCO Supports

SB 6620 Improving security in schools and the safety of students.

The bill directs WASPC to develop and implement emergency response systems using evolving technology to expedite the response and arrival of law enforcement in the event of a threat or emergency at a school.  Places additional restrictions on the sale of semi-automatic rifles.  This bill was just introduced and heard in Ways and Means on 2/27 and is in direct response to the Florida school shooting.  It is now on the Senate Floor.  APCO is working with Senators to amend the bill to include APCO in the develpment of the the system.  We worked with Senator Wilson (Vancouver)  to have an amendment placed on the bar of the Senate that would have included APCO in the development of the system should the bill come up for a vote.  The bill did not come up for a vote prior to the end of session.  DEAD

FCC Notice of Inquiry -

Please see the link above on an FCC Notice of Inquiry for location based routing for wireless 911 calls.  The FCC is seeking information and input about wireless calls to 911; specifically the NOI would:

·         Examine how the delays that arise form cell tower-based routing of wireless 911 calls can be avoided, possibly resulting in faster response times, via the implementation of location-based routing solutions.

·         Ask detailed questions about the state of location based routing technologies, their maturity, and their utility in supporting more accurate routing of wireless 91 calls.

·         Seek comment on the recommendations regarding location-based routing made by the Communications Security, Reliability, and Interoperability Council (CSRIC) in September 2016.

·         Ask for information about the costs and benefits of locations based routing technologies, existing and evolving standards for routing methodologies, and the capabilities of next-generation 911 to support or drive location based routing technologies.

Seek comment on how the Commission can facilitate and promote location-based routing improvements.