Senate BillNo. 1055


Introduced by Senator Hueso

February 16, 2016


An act to amend Section 270 of, and to repeal Section 279 of, the Public Utilities Code, relating to telecommunications.

LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL’S DIGEST

SB 1055, as introduced, Hueso. Payphone Service Providers Committee.

Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law establishes the Payphone Service Providers Committee to advise the commission regarding the development, implementation, and administration of programs to educate payphone service providers, ensure compliance with the commission’s requirements for payphone operations, and educate consumers on matters related to payphones, as provided for in a specified decision of the commission. Existing law establishes the Payphone Service Providers Committee Fund and requires that all revenues collected by telephone corporations in rates authorized by the commission to fund programs to educate payphone service providers, ensure compliance with the commission’s requirements for payphone operations, and educate consumers on matters related to payphones be deposited into the fund.

This bill would repeal those provisions establishing the committee and the fund.

Vote: majority. Appropriation: no. Fiscal committee: yes. State-mandated local program: no.

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:

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SECTION 1.  

Section 270 of the Public Utilities Code is
2amended to read:

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270.  

(a) The following funds are hereby created in the State
4Treasury:

5(1) The California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee
6Fund.

7(2) The California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee
8Fund.

9(3) The Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Trust
10Administrative Committee Fund.

11(4) The Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program
12Administrative Committee Fund.

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13(5) The Payphone Service Providers Committee Fund.

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14(6)

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15begin insert(5)end insert The California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee
16Fund.

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18begin insert(6)end insert The California Advanced Services Fund.

19(b) Moneys in the funds are held in trust and may only be
20expended pursuant to this chapter and upon appropriation in the
21annual Budget Act or upon supplemental appropriation.

22(c) The commission, in administering the universal service
23program funds listed in subdivision (a), and in administering state
24participation in federal universal service programs, is encouraged,
25consistent with the state’s universal service policies and goals, to
26maximize the amount of federal funding to California participants
27in the federal programs.

28(d) Moneys in each fund shall not be appropriated, or in any
29other manner transferred or otherwise diverted, to any other fund
30or entity, except as provided in Sections 19325 and 19325.1 of the
31Education Code.

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SEC. 2.  

Section 279 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.

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279.  

(a) There is hereby created the Payphone Service
34Providers Committee, which is an advisory board to advise the
35commission regarding the development, implementation, and
36administration of programs to educate pay phone service providers,
37ensure compliance with the commission’s requirements for pay
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2pay phones, as provided for in commission Decision 90-06-018.

3(b) All revenues collected by telephone corporations in rates
4authorized by the commission to fund the programs specified in
5subdivision (a) shall be submitted to the commission pursuant to
6a schedule established by the commission. Commencing on
7October 1, 2001, and continuing thereafter, the commission shall
8transfer the moneys received, and all unexpended revenues
9collected prior to October 1, 2001, to the Controller for deposit in
10the Payphone Service Providers Committee Fund. All interest
11earned by moneys in the fund shall be deposited in the fund.

12(c) Moneys appropriated from the Payphone Service Providers
13Committee Fund to the commission shall be utilized exclusively
14by the commission for the program specified in subdivision (a),
15including all costs of the board and the commission associated
16with the administration and oversight of the program and the fund.

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