House Approves Cutler’s Council to Improve Emergency Services
10/22/2013
HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania House of Representatives today unanimously approved legislation authored by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) to create a State Geospatial Coordinating Council to assist the governor in creating uniform data standards and efficient geospatial policy and technology in Pennsylvania.

“The net effect of this legislation is a safer Pennsylvania,” said Cutler. “This legislation is vital to Pennsylvania’s emergency responders who rely on accurate mapping data to locate accident victims, hazardous sites and disaster locations. If emergency service providers have incorrect maps, it could add costly minutes to their crisis response times and could lead to the loss of life or the escalation of a catastrophe.” 

House Bill 1285 would create a State Geospatial Coordinating Council made up of 19 members and would establish the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geospatial Technologies Fund for the administrative and personnel costs of the council. An earlier version of the bill was passed in a previous House session, but after adding amendments to the administrative processes of the council, it returned to the House.

“Pennsylvania is one of four states that does not have a statewide geospatial coordinating council, and unfortunately, this has led to fragmentation in our data and increased costs on local governments,” said Cutler. “There is a slight cost associated with this legislation; however, I believe the greater cost to Pennsylvania citizens would be to continue with the status quo.”

People use geospatial technology daily through smart phones, GPS devices, weather-tracking websites and online mapping tools. The technology is used constantly by emergency services providers, police and fire departments in responding to emergencies.

House Bill 1285 will now go before the Senate for further consideration.

More information about Cutler and his legislative priorities is available at RepCutler.com and Facebook.com/RepBryanCutler.

Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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