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Bill Detail: HB20-1293

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Title Emergency Telephone Service Charges
Status House Committee on Finance Refer Amended to Appropriations (03/12/2020)
Bill Subjects
  • Local Government
  • State Government
House Sponsors J. McCluskie (D)
R. Pelton (R)
Senate Sponsors D. Coram (R)
J. Gonzales (D)
House Committee Business Affairs and Labor
Senate Committee
Date Introduced 02/11/2020

The bill amends the requirements for the imposition, collection,
and uses of the emergency telephone charge imposed by local 911

governing bodies. Current law imposes a statutory cap on the amount of
the emergency telephone charge that may be imposed by local governing
bodies. The bill allows the public utilities commission (commission) to
establish the authorized threshold amount for the charge on an annual
basis. A local governing body may impose the charge in an amount up to
the authorized threshold. If a governing body determines it needs to
impose a higher charge to fund 911 operations in its jurisdiction, it must
seek the approval of the commission.
The bill amends the procedures for the collection and remittance
of the emergency telephone charge by telecommunication service
suppliers. It provides procedures for local bodies to assess overdue or
unpaid remittances, imposes a time limitation for local governing bodies
to do so, and creates a process for the service supplier and local
governing body to extend that time period. Local governing bodies may
audit the collections of service suppliers, and may impose interest and
penalties on late remittances.
A new 911 surcharge (surcharge) is established as a collection for
local governing bodies. The amount of the surcharge is established each
year by the commission based on the needs of the local governing bodies.
Service suppliers must collect the surcharge from service users and remit
the money to the commission. The commission is required to transmit the
money collected to local governing bodies within 60 days, using a
formula based on the number of concurrent sessions maintained in the
governing bodies' jurisdictions.
The bill renames the prepaid wireless 911 charge and amends the
amount of the charge. Under current law, the amount is set in statute. The
bill requires the commission to establish the amount of the charge based
on the average amount of the emergency telephone charges imposed by
local governing bodies and the amount of the surcharge.
The bill amends the allowed uses of the money collected from the
3 charges and makes other conforming amendments.
Upgrades to wireless 911 service in unserved areas is added as an
allowable use of the money allocated from the high cost support
mechanism to broadband deployment. The broadband deployment board
may award money to projects to allow wireless carriers to upgrade
infrastructure, software, and technology to provide wireless 911 service
in unserved areas.

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