by Mindy Aguon
Guam - Senator Tommy Morrison has introduced legislation that would lift the cap on the number of phone lines that can be charged the E-911 surcharge. Bill 140 seeks to give those additional revenues so that the Guam Fire Department can obtain a new updated state-of-the-art 911 system.
The freshman policymaker said, "So what we're doing with Bill 140 is to lift the cap a dollar on up to 25 lines per subscriber and opening it up for wired and wireless so therefore we can properly fund the E-911 system going forward, and to ensure that it does not intrude on general operations of the Guam Fire Department, as well."
The law as it currently stands provides for the dollar surcharge for up to 25 lines. The fire department has estimated that it will cost as much as $2.5 million for the new system and while the E-911 surcharge generates approximately one million dollars a year, Senator Morrison says sometimes E-911 operations utilize funding from GFD.