On June 1st, MARCS Program Director Rick Schmahl sent letters to MARCS users notifying them that starting July 1st, all Local Emergency Use Only radios will be charged a $3/month fee. The fell will increase to the standard MARCS fee of $10/month starting July 1st, 2017. A copy of the letter is available below:
The quarterly SIEC and NPSBN meetings will be held on Wednesday June 22nd at the State EOC in Columbus. The day will include members from FirstNet, including CEO Mike Poth attending and briefing the MARCS Steering Committee
Any questions, please contact MARCS Program Director Rick Schmahl.
The Ohio Senate Finance Committee will continue discussions and take a possible vote on House Bill 277 on Tuesday May 24th. This bill, offered by Representative Brenner of Delaware County, would allow counties to draw specific boundaries for 9-1-1 levies that would exclude areas not covered by the county 9-1-1 system. This would keep certain areas from be “double taxed” for 9-1-1 services.
The Senate Finance Committee meets at 2:30pm in the Senate Finance Hearing Room. Proponent testimony will be accepted. The committee is expected to vote it out of committee to the floor of the Senate for consideration. The full Senate may vote as early as Friday.
If you have any questions about this legislation, please contact Ohio APCO Legislative Liaison Jay Somerville.