Governor Signs Bill Impacting 911 Across the State

Missouri Governor Mike Parson has signed a bill impacting 911 across the state. House bill 1456 will allow each county a choice of implementing a tax on any device that can contact 911, including cell phones. Missouri House Representative Jeanie Lauer has been trying to get the bill passed for several years. She attended the ceremony. Missouri is currently the only state not collecting a tax or fee on wireless devices for 911 services, although more than 80 percent of 911 calls come from a wireless device. Governor Parson says this new law will modernize the 911 system statewide. The legislation allows a county to collect a sales tax, fees on landlines, or a wireless tax for 911 funding on a local level. I’m Karen Johnson