House Approves Legislation to Allow Emergency Service Providers to Better Aid PA Citizens, Says Cutler
HARRISBURG – To improve emergency response times across the Commonwealth, legislative language drafted by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom) and Sen. John Gordner (R-Columbia/Luzerne/Montour/Northumberland/Snyder) to create a State Geospatial Coordinating Board was passed in the House today as Senate Bill 771.
The board would assist the governor in creating uniform data standards and efficient geospatial policy and technology in Pennsylvania.
“Pennsylvania’s emergency service providers need to minimize the time it takes to arrive at the scene of a crisis, and this legislation will help to eliminate inaccurate maps that the service providers are using to locate accident victims, hazardous sites and disaster locations,” said Cutler. “With the passing of Senate Bill 771, Pennsylvania will be safer in times of emergency.”
Senate Bill 771 would create a State Geospatial Coordinating Board comprised of 19 voting members and eight non-voting members.
“Until today, Pennsylvania was one of only four states without a statewide geospatial coordinating council, which contributed to data disintegration and greater costs for local governments,” said Cutler. “However, when the bill is signed, emergency service providers will be able to use geospatial technology to benefit Pennsylvania citizens in their time of need.”
Cutler had the pleasure to work cooperatively with Gordner and his staff to develop Senate Bill 771.
It is the companion bill to House Bill 1285, which would create a State Geospatial Coordinating Council and would establish the Pennsylvania Mapping and Geospatial Technologies Fund for the costs of the council. House Bill 1285 was passed by the House in Oct. 2013.
Senate Bill 771 now goes to the governor for his signature.
Representative Bryan Cutler
100th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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