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House rejects 911 fee increase; bill failed to get supermajority

Post by News Tribune Staff on March 30, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
March 30, 2009 5:11 pm

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.

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