(a) There is created a statewide 911 Board comprised of 13 members that shall reflect the racial, gender, geographic, urban/rural, and economic diversity of the state. All appointing authorities shall coordinate their appointments so that diversity of gender, race, and geographical areas is reflective of the makeup of this state. The 911 Board shall be created effective July 1, 2012, and until the effective date of the statewide 911 charge pursuant to Section 11-98-5, with cooperation of the CMRS Board, shall plan for the implementation of the statewide 911 charge and the distribution of the revenues as provided herein. The reasonable administrative expenses incurred by the 911 Board prior to the implementation of the statewide 911 charge may be deducted from the existing CMRS Fund. Upon the effective date of the new statewide 911 charge, the 911 Board shall replace and supersede the CMRS Board formerly created pursuant to this chapter, and the CMRS Fund shall be incorporated into, and considered part of, the 911 Fund.
(b) The 13 members of the 911 Board, each of whom shall serve for a term of four years, shall be appointed by the Governor as follows:
(1) Seven members recommended by the Alabama Association of 911 Districts, one from each of the seven congressional districts, with each district representative recommended selected by vote of the Alabama Association of 911 Districts members from that congressional district. The initial appointments shall include the three district representatives on the CMRS Board who shall serve through March 31, 2014, and a member from the first, third, fifth, and seventh congressional districts as provided herein. Following the March 31, 2014, expiration of the terms of the district representatives drawn from the CMRS Board, the Governor shall appoint a member recommended by the Association of 911 Districts from each of the second, fourth, and sixth congressional districts, it being the intent of this section that each of the seven district representatives on the board be from a different congressional district, as such districts exist on May 8, 2012.
(2) Two members recommended by CMRS providers licensed to do business in Alabama.
(3) Two members recommended by incumbent local exchange carriers operating in Alabama, who shall not be from the same local exchange carrier.
(4) Two members recommended by cable companies that provide interconnected VoIP services in Alabama, who shall not be from the same cable company.
(c) For purposes of the initial board appointments, (1) five members of the board shall be appointed for a four-year term; (2) four members for a three-year term; (3) the three members of the CMRS Board who are appointed pursuant to subdivision (1) of subsection (b) to terms ending on March 31, 2014; and (4) the remaining member for a two-year term. Thereafter, board members shall serve staggered terms of four years. In the event of a vacancy, the vacancy shall be filled for the balance of the unexpired term in the same manner as the original appointment. Any vacancy occurring on the 911 Board, whether for an expired or unexpired term, shall be filled by appointment as soon as practicable after the vacancy occurs, whether for an expired or unexpired term.
(d) For all terms expiring after June 1, 2014, the governmental entities or industry groups identified in subsection (b) shall recommend at least two different persons for each board position for which they are charged with making a recommendation, with the Governor appointing a member from among such recommended candidates. For all terms expiring after July 1, 2015, appointments made by the Governor shall be subject to confirmation by the Senate as provided in this subsection. Appointments made at times when the Senate is not in session shall be effective immediately ad interim and shall serve until the Senate acts on the appointment as provided herein. Any appointment made while the Senate is not in session shall be submitted to the Senate not later than the third legislative day following the reconvening of the Legislature. In the event the Senate fails or refuses to act on the appointment, the person whose name was submitted shall continue to serve until action is taken on the appointment by the Senate.
(e) The statewide 911 Board shall have the following powers and duties:
(1) To develop and publish a 911 Annual Report. In fulfilling this duty, the 911 Board shall monitor trends in voice communications service technology and in enhanced 911 service technology, investigate, and incorporate Geographical Information Systems (GIS) mapping and other resources into the report, and include recommended strategies for the efficient and effective delivery of enhanced 911 service. In addition, the board shall study the rates charged for 911 services and make adjustments to the rates as provided in this chapter; recommend any statutory changes necessary to ensure the most efficient and effective delivery of 911 services in Alabama over both the long- and short-term; and provide a copy of its 911 Annual Report to members of the boards of the districts in the state through the Alabama Association of 911 Districts.
(2) To administer the 911 Fund and the monthly statewide 911 charge authorized by Section 11-98-5.
(3) To distribute revenue in the 911 Fund in accordance with this chapter.
(4) To establish policies and procedures, adopted in accordance with the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act, to fund advisory services, grants, and training for districts and to provide funds in accordance with these policies and procedures to the extent funds are available.
(5) To make and enter into contracts and agreements necessary or incidental to the performance of its powers and duties under this chapter and to use revenue available to the 911 Board under Section 11-98-5 for administrative expenses to pay its obligations under the contracts and agreements.
(6) To accept gifts, grants, or other money for the 911 Fund.
(7) To undertake its duties in a manner that is competitively and technologically neutral as to all voice communications service providers.
(8) To administer the deployment and operation of a statewide 911 voice and data system that utilizes emerging communication technologies that are capable of connecting to a 911 system and delivering 911 and emergency information to districts. The board shall use its available revenue to pay obligations under the contracts and agreements for a statewide 911 voice and data system.
(9) To adopt rules in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act to implement this chapter; to establish the statewide 911 charge; and, in response to technological changes, apply, collect, and remit the statewide 911 charge, without duplication, to the active service connections of other originating service providers that are technically capable of accessing a 911 system, subject to the provisions applicable to voice communications service providers under this chapter.
(10) To take other necessary and proper action to implement this chapter.