making emergency calls in Kansas may soon be able to receive the same service
as land line callers. State Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe, has proposed
a compromise that will bring e9-1-1 service to the state, The Kansas
City Star reported Feb. 25.
currently two bills dealing with e9-1-1, an enhanced version of 9-1-1 service
that allows operators to locate emergency callers who use cell phones.
A spokeswoman at the Senate Commerce Committee, which Brownlee chairs,
said that elements of one of the bills, SB180, would be combined with the
other bill, SB153. The new compromise bill will be an amended version of
would set up a 75-cent fee on every cell phone bill in Kansas. According
to The Star’s report, of the total fee, 25 cents would go to cities
to set up e9-1-1 equipment; the second 25 cents would go to cell phone
companies to set up the equipment on their end to send the 9-1-1 signal
to emergency operators; the last 25 cents would be put in a fund for rural
counties that cannot afford to set up the system.
spokeswoman said the new version of the bill would be available within
a few days.