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Cherelle L. Parker

Pennsylvania House OKs 911 funding bill without Senate fee

A proposal to raise millions in phone bill fees to fund 911 centers passed the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday for the second time, but without a $52-a-year fee that had been added by the Senate. The House voted 164-30 to raise the typical fees from $1 to $1.65 a month, generating $314 million a year for emergency dispatch systems that now cost about $292 million to operate. Democrats supplied four of the 30 "no" votes. The bill gives 911 centers in Allentown and Bethlehem four years to work on consolidating their 911 centers with their respective counties. An earlier version would have forced consolidation sooner. "This legislation brings financial stability and greater...