Next Review Date: 2026-2027 Review Cycle - 90th Legislative Session
Last Review Cycle: 2010-2011 Review Cycle - 82nd Legislative Session
Final Results of Last Sunset Review
The Commission on State Emergency Communications (Commission) contracts with the 24 Regional Planning Commissions to provide 911 service to about one third of Texans, mostly in rural areas. The Commission’s role is limited to the delivery of emergency calls and does not include the answering of the call or dispatch of emergency services. Emergency Communications Districts and Municipal Emergency Communications Districts provide 911 service to the rest of the state. The Commission also administers the Texas Poison Control Network by funding and overseeing the six regional poison control centers. These centers provide treatment information through a toll-free number (1-800-222-1222) to persons suspecting a poisoning or toxic exposure.
House Bill 1861 continues the Commission on State Emergency Communications for 12 years and clarifies its authority regarding development and implementation of the State’s evolving emergency communications system. The Legislature adopted all of the Sunset Commission’s recommendations, and a discussion of the bill’s major provisions follows.
Continue the Commission on State Emergency Communications and provide adequate tools to help the Commission oversee the State’s evolving emergency communications system.