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New 911-Emergency System Bill Signed into Law

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback signed Senate Bill-50 into law Wednesday – it will be a law Brownback says that will make it possible for emergency responders to invest in the technology they need to respond.

The new law specifically addresses the state’s emergency 911-system and applies to all modes of service, including telephone, cell phones, voice over Internet Protocol, prepaid wireless and other service capable of contacting 911-call centers.

Among the things SB-50 does is impose a 911 fee of 53-cents per month per subscriber to cover costs required to operate 911-call centers across the state.

SB-50 goes into effect upon publication in the Kansas Register, however, many sections of the new law will not take effect until January 1st, 2012.

About Mike Schrant

Mike is one of those guys who has spent nearly a lifetime trying to figure out what he wants to do when he grows up. He has split time as a broadcaster and educator having first worked in radio in the early 1970’s while attending junior college. The two careers are directly connected because many of the 25 years as an educator were spent teaching broadcast journalism at the high school and college levels. Mike is married and has three adult children (no grandchildren yet) and enjoys sports, debating politics, gardening, landscaping-hauling rocks, and swapping stories with the "good old boys".