Lawmakers in Maryland are introducing a bill that allows people to send text messages to 9-1-1. The only upside if the law is passed, your phone bill will increase.
According to FOX5, Prince George's County and Washington, D.C. are the only two places in the DMV that currently allow this feature. Senator Cheryl Kagan (D-MD) from Rockville, MD is a current advocate for expanding this feature across the state.
Kagan explained to the news outlet that your phone bill would increase in order to help fund the local 9-1-1 centers.
“Currently, the one dollar fee that we all pay covers only an average of 37 and a half percent of each counties' 911 centers... that's not okay,” said Kagan. “That means that money that could have gone to and should have gone to our schools, to our roads, to our social service needs are instead being diverted to cover the 911 costs.”
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