UPDATE: State bill reclassifying public safety dispatchers as first responders signed into law

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UPDATE (Sept. 14): Assembly Bill 1945 was recently signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom after passing the state Legislature late last month.

“This is a historic day for the thousands of emergency dispatchers who call California home,” said Assemblyman Rudy Salas. “For years, dispatchers have been misclassified under titles that do not reflect the importance of the life-saving work they perform every day. I want to thank the governor for signing this important bill and I hope that other states will join the movement to properly reclassify their dispatchers. Our country depends on the incredible work of our emergency dispatchers who are the first to respond during a crisis and the last voice we hear on the phone.”


UPDATE: AB 1945, which would reclassify public safety dispatchers as first responders, has passed the state Legislature.

The bill, which as authored by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, will now head to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office, where it can be officially signed into law.

“The passage of AB 1945 marks a historic victory for the thousands of California dispatchers who have fought for the status of first responders,” Salas said. “Our state depends on the incredible work of our emergency dispatchers who are the first to respond during a crisis and the last voice we hear on the phone. I urge the Governor to sign this important bill and provide recognition and respect to the dispatchers whose tireless work keeps our families safe.”


SACRAMENTO (KGET) — Yesterday, a bill that would reclassify public safety dispatchers as first responders, passed the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.

Assemblyman Rudy Salas, who authored the Assembly Bill 1945, said that the federal government currently describes dispatchers as an “administrative” or “clerical” occupation and that this misclassification does not accurately describe the work of dispatchers who undergo extensive training and whose work can mean the difference between life and death.

“I am pleased to see dispatchers getting one step closer to being recognized as first responders,” Salas said. “The safety of our communities depend on the incredible work of our emergency dispatchers who are the first to respond during emergencies. AB 1945 will finally provide dispatchers with the recognition and respect they deserve for the lifesaving work they do every day.”

AB 1945 will now move to the Assembly Appropriations Committee.

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