67th Girls Nation Congress
To make 9-1-1 emergency services available through texting.
IN THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION
Senators Yang and Dykes of Washington introduced the following bill; which was referred to Committee .
BE IT ENACTED BY THE SENATE OF GIRLS NATION ASSEMBLED.
SECTION 1. TITLE
This act may be cited as the "Emergency Texting Act."
SECTION 2. PURPOSE
The Emergency Texting Act will establish the option of texting 9-1-1 to those in the United States who require emergency services.
SECTION 3. DEFINITIONS
The Federal Communications Commission shall be defined as the U.S. government committee for telecommunications regulation. Texting shall be defined as communication by text message, which does not require sound. Emergency services shall be defined as any situation that requires a prompt response from public safety officers.
SECTION 4. EMERGENCY TEXTING ACT
The Emergency Texting Act entails that:
(A) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) must establish the option of texting 9-1-1 to those in the United States who require emergency services.
(B) The penalty for abusing the availability of these services, including false reporting or other misconduct, shall be the same as the penalty for abusing the service of calling 9-1-1.
SECTION 5. EFFECTIVE DATE
This act shall be effective on or after January 1, 2014.
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