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Lt. Governor McKee, Municipal Leaders to Call for Action on Regional Dispatch Bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Lt. Governor Daniel J. McKee, municipal leaders, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, and public safety personnel will hold a news conference on Monday, May 9, 2016, at 1:30 p.m. to call on the General Assembly to pass legislation that would enable cities and towns to establish Regional Emergency Communication Districts.

The group is supporting a bill introduced by Senator Louis P. DiPalma (D-District 12, Little Compton, Middletown, Newport, Tiverton). Senate Bill 2807 allows two or more municipalities in Rhode Island to form a planning committee to study the feasibility of establishing a Regional Emergency Communications District.

The city or town councils of Central Falls, Cumberland, Johnston, Lincoln, North Providence, Pawtucket and Smithfield passed resolutions this year in support of enabling legislation that would allow the creation of a Regional Emergency Communications District in northern Rhode Island.

Under Executive Order 15-06, Lt. Governor McKee is seeking ways to empower municipalities to collaborate and achieve efficiencies and achieve savings that benefit Rhode Island taxpayers.

WHO (updated): Lt. Governor Daniel McKee; Senator Louis DiPalma; Donald Grebien | Pawtucket Mayor and President of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns; Municipal Leaders from Across Rhode Island; and Public Safety Personnel

WHEN: 1:30 p.m. | Monday, May 9 | 2016

WHERE: State Room | Rhode Island State House 82 Smith Street | Providence, RI

Media Contact: Erika Niedowski | | 401-222-1445

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