The Wisconsin Counties Association (WCA) has issued the following statement from WCA Executive Director Mark D. O’Connell on the Tuesday, April 7...(read more)
Call to Action! Contact Legislators Today on 911 Funding Bill!
- Posted on January 24, 2014
January 31st is Deadline for LRB 3078/1
Sen. Joe Leibham, R-Sheboygan is circulating LRB-3078/1 relating to state telecommunications services and the Police and Fire Protection Fee. Please contact your state senators and representatives today requesting that they be added to the bill as a cosponsor.
-- Eliminates the current 75-cent monthly Police and Fire Protection Fee on all devices capable of dialing 911.
-- Replaces the roughly $53 million annually raised by the Police and Fire Protection Fee for the shared revenue program with state general purpose revenue.
-- Eliminates the current 40-cent maximum monthly fee on landline phones.
-- Creates a new, 40-cent monthly fee on all devices capable of dialing 911 and indexes the fee for inflation, subject to approval by the Governor and Joint Committee on Finance.
-- Creates a statewide contract to provide 911 telecommunications services to all county public safety answering points, eliminating the need for county-by-county contracts, as well as the need for any county funding for lines to county 911 centers.
-- Establishes a grant program for county 911 centers, also known as Public Safety Answering Points, for equipment, software, and training.
-- Encourages service consolidation by specifying that only one PSAP per county, as designated by the County Board, is eligible to receive the grants.
-- Establishes a statewide advisory council to the Public Service Commission to oversee the administration of the statewide 911 contract and the 911 grant program.
The cosponsorship deadline for this legislation is January 31, 2014 at 5 pm. We are asking you to contact your legislators today to ask them to cosponsor this important bill impacting counties.
Please contact David Callender via email or at 866.404.2700 or with any questions.