- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - 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.

The bill by 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.

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House Bill 678: www.legis.la.gov

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