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MO 911 Service Trust Fund grants discussed

Posted March 20, 2014 at 11:19 am

My Fellow Missourians,

House legislation that would impact our district 125 included HB 1573 which changes the laws regarding funding for emergency 911 services, and the administration of those funds.

1. Administering and authorizing grants and loans to counties that demonstrate a commitment to improving 911. The purpose of grants from the Missouri 911 Service Trust Fund include:

(a) Implementation of 911 services in counties currently without service;

(b) Promotion of consolidation where appropriate;

(c) Mapping and addressing all county locations.

2. Monthly fee for each device capable of contacting 911

The bill changes the name of the Wireless Service Provider Enhanced 911 Service Fund to the Missouri 911 Service Trust Fund.

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