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Bill would impose fee of 93 cents on prepaid phones for 911

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -

People who purchase prepaid cellphones would pay an extra fee of 93 cents to support local 911 systems under a bill that has cleared the Kentucky House of Representatives.
    
Local governments operate emergency 911 services. They pay for them with money collected from a fee on phone services, including landlines and cellphones. Cellphone customers with two-year contracts pay a fee of 70 cents per month. But people who purchase prepaid phones pay less.
    
A bill that cleared the House would impose a flat fee of 93 cents on prepaid customers. The higher fee accounts for the fact that, on average, prepaid customers purchase phone cards nine times a year instead of 12 times.
    
Retailers oppose the bill, arguing it would cost them too much money. The bill now heads to the state Senate.

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