An amendment to a local government bill ( HB 1711 ) would ask Missourians to say yes or no to a proposal to add a quarter to the cost of cell phone bills to pay for 911 service. But the amendment has run into some opposition in the Senate.

Among those expressing concern is Senator Jason Crowell (R-Cape Girardeau) who doesn’t like the idea of what he sees as a tax increase – and adds it is especially inappropriate to provide more money for jurisdictions he feels are not doing a very good job of handling communications now.

The amendment put forward by Senator John Griesheimer (R-Washington) is part of a much larger bill that is currently stalled in the House. The day ended with no vote having been taken on Griesheimer’s amendment. The bill could come up again today.

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