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First Substitute H.B. 140

Representative Kevin S. Garn proposes the following substitute bill:


             1     
COMPETITION IN TELECOMMUNICATIONS INDUSTRY

             2     
LEGISLATIVE TASK FORCE

             3     
2002 GENERAL SESSION

             4     
STATE OF UTAH

             5     
Sponsor: Kevin S. Garn

             6      This act establishes a legislative task force to study whether competition in the
             7      telecommunications industry has met the purposes of Utah's Telecommunications Act of
             8      1995 and the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996. The act establishes task force
             9      membership, duties, and salaries and designates staff for the task force. The act requires the
             10      task force to prepare a report. The act makes a one-time appropriation of $29,500 from the
             11      General Fund for fiscal year 2001-2002 to pay for task force expenses. The act provides a
             12      repeal date.
             13      This act enacts uncodified material.
             14      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             15          Section 1. Competition in Telecommunications Industry Task Force Task Force --
             16      Creation -- Membership -- Interim rules followed -- Compensation -- Staff.
             17          (1) There is created the Competition in Telecommunications Industry Task Force
             18      consisting of the following 12 members:
             19          (a) five members of the Senate appointed by the president of the Senate, no more than
             20      three of whom may be from the same political party; and
             21          (b) seven members of the House of Representatives appointed by the speaker of the House
             22      of Representatives, no more than four of whom may be from the same political party.
             23          (2) (a) The president of the Senate shall designate a member of the Senate appointed under
             24      Subsection (1)(a) as a cochair of the task force.
             25          (b) The speaker of the House of Representatives shall designate a member of the House


             26      of Representatives appointed under Subsection (1)(b) as a cochair of the task force.
             27          (3) In conducting its business, the task force shall comply with the rules of legislative
             28      interim committees.
             29          (4) The task force shall meet no less frequently than once a month between April and
             30      November, 2002.
             31          (5) Salaries and expenses of the members of the task force shall be paid in accordance with
             32      Section 36-2-2 and Legislative Joint Rule 15.03.
             33          (6) The Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel shall provide staff support to
             34      the committee.
             35          Section 2. Duties -- Interim report.
             36          (1) The task force shall review and make recommendations on whether the stated
             37      incentives of Utah's Telecommunications Act of 1995 and the Federal Telecommunications Act
             38      of 1996 have produced measurable and qualitative results in terms of:
             39          (a) attracting capital to telecommunications providers;
             40          (b) increasing consumer choices for services and service providers;
             41          (c) updating and installing an advanced telecommunications infrastructure in the state;
             42          (d) setting wholesale prices that allow an efficient competitor to compete effectively at the
             43      retail level and earn a sustainable profit consistent with the 1995 Act and the Federal Act; and
             44          (e) eliminating barriers to competition.
             45          (2) In conducting its review and making its recommendations under Subsection (1), the
             46      task force shall obtain input from:
             47          (a) the regional Bell operating company;
             48          (b) competitive local exchange carriers;
             49          (c) rural incumbent local exchange carriers;
             50          (d) wireless service providers;
             51          (e) the Public Service Commission;
             52          (f) the Division of Public Utilities;
             53          (g) the Committee of Consumer Services;
             54          (h) commercial users of telecommunications services; and
             55          (i) residential users of telecommunications services.
             56          (3) A final report, including any proposed legislation shall be presented to the Public


             57      Utilities and Technology Interim Committee before November 30, 2002.
             58          Section 3. Appropriation.
             59          There is appropriated from the General Fund for fiscal year 2001-2002, a one-time
             60      appropriation of:
             61          (1) $6,000 to the Senate to pay for the compensation and expenses of senators on the
             62      committee;
             63          (2) $8,500 to the House of Representatives to pay for the compensation and expenses of
             64      representatives on the committee; and
             65          (3) $15,000 to the Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel to pay for staffing
             66      the committee.
             67          Section 4. Repeal date.
             68          This act is repealed November 20, 2002.


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