South Dakota State 9-1-1 Coordination
The South Dakota 9-1-1 Coordinator assists local governments with implementing 9-1-1 emergency telephone systems in their area. The State 9-1-1 Coordinator addresses statewide issues common to all 9-1-1 systems, providing the information and guidance to make local jurisdictions successful.
State 9-1-1 Responsibilities
- Develop plans for the implementation for a uniform statewide 9-1-1 system.
- Develop criteria and standards for Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs), along with conducting performance audits and evaluations.
- Set minimum standards for operating and financing a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).
- Update 9-1-1 statutes to include new and emerging technology.
- Develop criteria for the eligibility and amount of reimbursement of recurring and nonrecurring costs of operating a PSAP. Monitor the use of 9-1-1 emergency surcharge funds.
- Develop criteria for the implementation of performance audits of the use of 9-1-1 fees utilized in the operation of the 9-1-1 system.
- Report annually to the Governor and Legislature about the operations and findings of the board and any recommendations for changes to 9-1-1 service.
History of State 9-1-1
South Dakota lawmakers passed legislation in 1989 allowing the imposition of a 9-1-1 surcharge on telephone lines in the state. Under that legislation, local governments were allowed to impose a monthly fee of up to 75 cents to provide a portion of the funding for 9-1-1 services. During the 2012 legislative session, lawmakers passed legislation increasing the 9-1-1 surcharge to $1.25 per line and added a 2% surcharge on all prepaid phone purchases at the point of sale.
A number of different task forces, meetings and studies over the years culminated in the 2008 creation of the South Dakota 9-1-1 Coordination Board, which employs a State 9-1-1 coordinator to work with the PSAPs, counties, vendors and telecos on the 9-1-1 system.
The following State 9-1-1 Coordination documents can be found on the South Dakota Boards and Commissions website:
- Board meeting agendas
- Board meeting minutes
- Annual reports
- FCC filings
- Annual financial reports
- Annual admin rule compliance