Sponsors of House Bill 2029, the measure that would raise the monthly tax for Enhanced 911 emergency telephone service, failed to get the two-thirds majority it needed to pass when it come up for a vote in the House this afternoon.
The bill would boost the monthly fee to 95 cents from 70 cents for telephone customers.
It failed on a 58-39 vote. It needed 66 votes for passage.
Here is the roll call vote on the bill.
Proponents of the measure predict the bill will come up for a vote again before the Legislature adjourns April 26.
The fee increase would raise a total of $85 million a year to upgrade the emergency telephone system over a six-year period. The new technology would be Internet-based and would allow text messaging to E-911 call centers.