compromise bill designed to bring full 911 services to cell
phone users in Kansas appears to have stalled out for this
year in a House Committee.
passed the Kansas Senate Feb. 28 by a vote of 26-12. The
bill was assigned to the House Utilities Committee March
5, and has remained there since. It could be raised during
the “veto session” that begins April 30. However, a legislative
spokesman said the bill would more likely remain in the committee
until the next legislative session begins in January 2004.
If it is voted on then, it would not have to return to the
Senate and could be approved.
bill was a compromise crafted by state Sen. Karin Brownlee,
R-Olathe. The bill would set up a 75-cent fee on every cell
phone bill in Kansas. According to a report from The Kansas
City Star, 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.