At a time when Oklahoma cannot pay for the massive government we already have; this new agency will make mobile communication just that much harder to access. Most of Oklahoma already has an efficient way to reach emergency services, but when you can't afford cell service, this legislation may actually make it harder for those on limited incomes to get a message to emergency services. It is astonishing that this bill passed without real floor debate.
The nation might not have a welfare program for free "ObamaPhones" if it weren't so taxing to pay for cell service on our own.
HB 3126 contains numerous provisions related to the Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority Act, including
- creation of the Oklahoma 9-1-1 Management Authority (the “Authority”);
- administrative support from the OK Department of Emergency Management (OEM);
- creation of a revolving fund;
- imposition of a $0.75 monthly fee for wireless, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), and prepaid wireless services;
- directing a portion of fees collected to certain providers and to the Tax Commission (OTC);
- and distribution of fee revenue to public agencies.
The $0.75 monthly fee imposed on wireless, VoIP, and prepaid wireless services represents a $0.25 increase for consumers. The current $0.50 fee for these same services is being collected by various entities and remitted to 11 separate locations (according to the Oklahoma Municipal League). Fee revenue per HB 3126 is to be collected by the provider or retailer and paid to OTC. Annualized fee revenue is calculated as follows (actual fee revenue was unavailable for certain elements, given the high number of collectors and remitting.
Banz Hall Morrissette Rogers
Biggs Hardin Mulready Rousselot
Billy Hoskin Munson Russ
Brown Johnson Murdock Scott
Caldwell Joyner Nelson Sears
Cannaday Kannady Newell Sherrer
Casey Kirby Nollan Shoemake
Cleveland Kouplen Ortega Stone
Cockroft Leewright Osborn Thomsen
Condit Lepak Ownbey Vaughan
Coody, A. Lockhart Park Virgin
Coody, J. Loring Perryman Walker
Cooksey Martin Peterson Wallace
Cox McBride Pfeiffer Watson
Derby McCall Proctor Wright
Dunlap McCullough Pruett Young
Dunnington McDaniel, J. Renegar
Griffith McPeak D. Roberts
Brumbaugh Jordan Moore Shelton
Calvey Kern Murphey Tadlock
Echols R. McDaniel Ritze Wesselhoft
Faught Montgomery S. Roberts Williams