Louisiana cellphone tax for deaf services signed into law
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana cellphone bills will be edging up later this year.
Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Monday that he has signed into law a bill enacting a new 4.5-cent monthly tax on cellphones.
The dollars will pay for technology assistance and services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
Current law imposes a 5-cent monthly tax on landline phones, with the money deposited into the Telecommunications for the Deaf Fund. The bill will drop that rate to 4.5 cents a month but expand the tax to wireless services.
The tax change by Rep. Patricia Smith, a Baton Rouge Democrat, takes effect Oct. 1.
The new tax will raise an estimated $4.7 million annually.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Popeyes restaurants running out of chicken sandwiches amid popular internet debate
Daycare under investigation after child found wandering near roadway
Vehicle burglaries around pricey Baton Rouge neighborhood concerning residents
Capitol prepares for services honoring Gov. Kathleen Blanco
Roof ripped from building in Central amid storms Wednesday