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Statutes

The statutes available on this website are current through the 84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature.

State and Local 9-1-1 Programs

In 1983, the 68th Texas Legislature made "9-1-1" the primary emergency telephone number and authorized the creation of statutory emergency communication districts to provide local 9-1-1 service. In 1987, the 70th Texas Legislature created the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) to administer state 9-1-1 service in those areas where service was not provided by local administration. In 1989, the 71st Texas Legislature codified the enabling statutes for state and local administration of 9-1-1 service into Texas Health and Safety Code Chapters 771 and 772, respectively.

2015 - 84th Legislature Amendments to Chapter 771

Chapter 771 has been updated to reflect the following bills passed by the 84th Legislature:

  • SB788 (Kari’s Law) adds Chapter 771A, Access to Emergency Communications Services In General, requiring business service users that use a telephone system (including a multi-line system) to allow for direct access to 9-1-1 service. Bill took effect on May 15, 2015 (compliance required by September 1, 2016).
  • SB1108 amends § 771.001(3)(B) to add a reference to newly created Health and Safety Code Chapter 772, Subchapter H, Regional Emergency Communication Districts: State Planning Regions With 9-1-1 Population Served Less Than 1.5 Million, which allows each Council of Government (COG) participating in the state 9-1-1 program under Chapter 771 to become an Emergency Communications District under new Chapter 772, Subchapter H.
  • HB479 amends 771, Subchapter E, Emergency Medical Dispatch, to shift responsibility for the program to CSEC from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.
  • HB479 amends 771 to add new Subchapter F, Next Generation 9-1-1 Telemedicine Medical Services Pilot Project,requiring CSEC, with the assistance of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, to establish a pilot project to provide emergency medical services and prehospital care instructions provided by regional trauma resource centers.

pdfHealth & Safety Code, Chapter 771 State Administration of Emergency Communications (As amended by the 84th Legislature)

docHealth & Safety Code, Chapter 771 State Administration of Emergency Communications (As amended by the 84th Legislature)

 pdfHealth & Safely Code, Chapter 772 Local Administration of Emergency Communications

docHealth & Safety Code, Chapter 772 Local Administration of Emergency Communications

Statewide Poison Program

In 1993, the 73rd Texas Legislature created the state Poison Control Program and provided for the joint administration of the program by CSEC and the Texas Department of State Health Services. In 2009, the 81st Texas Legislature shifted administration of the program to CSEC. The enabling statute for the Poison program is codified in Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 777.

pdfHealth & Safety Code, Chapter 777 Regional Poison Control Centers

docHealth & Safety Code, Chapter 777 Regional Poison Control Centers

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