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Published on Monday, March 6, 2017

Emergency notification bills move out of both chambers

Bills that would require emergency notices in languages other than English, HB 1540 and SB 5046, were voted out of the House and Senate last week. The bills have competing requirements but they both require cities to provide emergency notices in languages understood by significant non-English speaking populations within the city. The bills would also require emergency management organizations to develop specific plans for communicating with these populations. The House bill is set for a hearing on Thursday, March 9 in the Senate Local Government Committee. If your city has a perspectives on these bills, please contact Logan Bahr or Victoria Lincoln.

Categories: General government