a compromise bill designed to bring full 9-1-1 services to cell
phone users in Kansas, passed the Kansas Senate Feb. 28 by a vote
to a report in The Kansas City Star Feb. 25, the bill was
a result of a compromise craft by state Sen. Karin Brownlee, R-Olathe.
It was one of 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 last week that elements of one of the
bills, SB180, would be combined into SB153.
bill 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.
bill now moves on to the House for consideration. If it is signed
by the governor, it will become effective July 1.