Senate Panel Approves Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act
May 6, 2015 at 11:52 AM (PT)
The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee has passed the Integrated Public Alert and Warning System Modernization Act of 2015, one of eight bi-partisan bills the panel has moved out of the committee to be voted upon by the full Senate.
Chairman RON JOHNSON (R-WI) told the panel that the bill, which he co-sponsored with Sen. CLAIRE MCCASKILL (D-MO), "authorizes a 'next generation' system that enables the president to quickly alert the public during a national emergency."
NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON said, "NAB applauds the Committee for advancing this important legislation modernizing AMERICA's public alert warning system. Radio and television broadcasters play a crucial role as 'first informers,' providing local communities with up-to-the-second information when disaster strikes. We thank Sens. JOHNSON and MCCASKILL for their leadership on this issue and look forward to working with lawmakers to pass this bill ensuring all Americans have access to emergency alerts."