LANCASTER - A bill has been filed in Frankfort that would require telephone companies to charge churches the same rates charged to residential customers.
Currently churches pay the business rate, which can be significantly higher than the residential rate. Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, filed the bill this week in Frankfort.
"A business' phone bill is much higher than a residential bill," said Napier, who believes he will have support for the measure among other state lawmakers during the 2004 General Assembly. Louisiana and Ohio have similar laws, he said.
Napier expects to get the support of the Kentucky Council of Churches and believes the next governor, regardless of who he is, will accept it as well.