March 3, 2017–The Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials-International has praised draft next-generation 911 (NG-911) legislation drafted by Sens. Bill Nelson (D., Fla.) and Amy Klobuchar (D., Minn.) (TRDaily, Feb. 28). “This draft bill addresses critical needs for the 9-1-1 community, and aligns with priorities APCO has long advocated, for accomplishing a full transition to NG9-1-1,” the group said. “APCO is especially supportive of provisions recognizing the need for standards and resources to support PSAPs. 9-1-1 professionals deserve the benefits of accredited, consensus-based standards to ensure services and equipment match the level of innovation and cost efficiencies enjoyed in the consumer marketplace, akin to the path Congress set for FirstNet. Further, the draft recognizes the need to reserve governance and control to states and localities, and the imperative of cybersecurity. A modernized 9-1-1 system is a national public safety and homeland security priority.