Few Counties Have E-911

1 decade 11 months 3 weeks ago Monday, October 29 2007 Oct 29, 2007 Monday, October 29, 2007 9:28:59 AM CDT October 29, 2007 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Unlike most other states, Missouri has few counties with enhanced 911, known as E-911. The technology shows dispatchers where a 911 call is coming from, to get callers help from responders faster. Only 21 of Missouri's 114 counties have E-911 systems installed, largely because the state is without a statewide funding source. In fact, officials say Missouri is the only state in the nation without such funding. A legislative panel is studying the issue and is expected to make a recommendation in December for a possible bill in the 2008 regular session. Statewide ballot votes in 1999 and 2002 were defeated. In Kansas, 71 of 105 counties have E-911 capabilities. Voters there approved a $0.50 monthly fee on wireless bills to help rural counties pay for the E-911 systems.

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