HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut lawmakers are considering a bill that would prohibit cities and towns from charging a user fee for 911 emergency calls.
Supporters of the legislation say it’s needed to clear up confusion about local ordinances, such as one in New Britain that charges certain landlords for excessive nuisance calls to a particular property.
There’s concern that such ordinances could discourage people from calling 911 when there is a legitimate emergency. New Britain officials maintain that no resident will be charged for 911 calls.
The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities is opposing the bill. The organization says any fees charged by municipalities are to cover the cost of flagrant calls and not to deter people from calling 911.
The bill awaits action in the Planning and Development Committee on Monday.