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Emergency officials pushing for improved 911 legislation

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

State and county emergency officials met at the Capitol for Emergency Management Day on Wednesday morning.

During the event emergency management directors spoke with lawmakers about improving statewide 911 legislation.  The issue is emergency calls on cell phones don't generate as much revenue for counties as 911 calls on landlines. Emergency managers say counties are losing money because of that.

During this legislative session emergency managers hope lawmakers agree to raise the amount of money counties receive from emergency calls on cell phones. 

"Every county is impacted because it is set-up by the use of the phone and as the use of landline phones go down, reduction in income that supports all of the 911 systems throughout the state goes down also," says Bob Wedgeworth, the Emergency Operations Director for Rankin County.

County emergency managers are also hoping to improve statewide school bus standards.

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