Prepaid cell phones would come with higher fees to pay for local 911 emergency districts, under a proposal nearing final legislative passage.
Under current law a 2 percent 911 fee is charged on prepaid wireless phone services with the proceeds largely distributed to local emergency districts. The state revenue department gets a small slice of the money for administrative costs for fee collection. Those selling the products also get a share.
House Bill 678 by state Rep. Thomas Carmody, a Shreveport Republican, would double the fee to 4 percent starting Oct. 1. The fee hike would raise $6.1 million annually for the local emergency districts.
The Senate voted 33-3 for the proposal Tuesday, sending it to the House for consideration of Senate changes.