House Panel Votes to Nearly Double Emergency 911 Fee

House Panel Votes to Nearly Double Emergency 911 Fee

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Utah House panel voted today to hike 911 emergency service fees on each phone and cell line by nearly 80 percent. The vote came despite opposition from AT&T Corporation, consumer advocates and a critical audit that found local governments were hoarding 911 fee revenue.

House Bill 114 creates a new state fee and hikes a local government fee to pay for technology that can track the location of wireless 911 callers.

Those fees would total 94 cents a month per phone line, up from 53 cents.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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