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House to Hear Emergency Radio Infrastructure Bill

HB 442 by Rep. Ryan Guillen, (D-Rio Grande City), which establishes an emergency radio infrastructure account, will be heard on the House floor on Tuesday, May 3.

Past emergency and evacuation events have brought together many different emergency personnel from all over Texas, but the technology and instruments used for communication among emergency response agencies and their respective personnel have not been compatible. As a result, many officers and responders remain isolated without the technology needed to communicate with other responders.

The legislation, if passed, would help address this problem by allowing funding from the fugitive apprehension account to be used for the planning, development, provision, enhancement and ongoing maintenance of the interoperable statewide emergency radio infrastructure.

For more information, contact Aurora Flores at or (800) 456-5974.