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West Virginia governor pulls bill on 911 fees

Incoming West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, right, and outgoing Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin embrace during the inauguration ceremony in Charleston, W.Va., Monday, Jan. 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Walter Scriptunas II)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice said he has decided to pull a bill that proposed lowering 911 fees after some counties expressed concerns that it would hurt emergency operations.
Justice said in a statement on Monday that his intent for the bill was to ensure the state was in compliance with Federal Communication Commission regulations, but that had not been communicated properly so he was pulling it to “shield the counties from any possible harm until all parties have a better understanding.”
WCHS-TV reports the bill would have decreased funding to 911 centers by 11 percent.
Justice said being out of compliance with FCC regulations puts future grants from the agency in jeopardy.
The governor says his staff met with Sen. Craig Blair Monday to look at forming an exploratory committee to reach a solution.