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6 Greg J. Curtis 7
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill expands the permissive uses of dedicated credits for provision of
11 telecommunications devices and services to hearing and speech impaired persons.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . defines terms;
15 . expands the permitted uses of a dedicated credit funded by a telephone surcharge for
16 services to the deaf, hard of hearing, and severely speech impaired to include
17 contracting with programs that train persons to serve as certified interpreters; and
18 . makes technical changes.
19 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 54-8b-10, as last amended by Chapters 174 and 375, Laws of Utah 1997
27 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
28 Section 1. Section 54-8b-10 is amended to read:
29 54-8b-10. Imposing a surcharge to provide hearing and speech impaired persons
30 with telecommunication devices -- Definitions -- Procedures for establishing program --
31 Surcharge -- Administration and disposition of surcharge moneys.
32 (1) As used in this section:
33 (a) "Certified deaf or severely hearing or speech impaired person" means any state
34 resident who:
35 (i) is so certified by:
36 (A) a licensed physician[
37 (B) an otolaryngologist[
38 (C) a speech language pathologist[
39 (D) an audiologist[
40 (E) a qualified state agency; and [
41 (ii) qualifies for assistance under any low income public assistance program
42 administered by a state agency.
43 (b) "Certified interpreter" means a person who is a certified interpreter under Title
44 53A, Chapter 26a, Interpreter Services for the Hearing Impaired Act.
46 device [
47 telephone [
48 (ii) "Telecommunication device" includes:
54 (2) The commission shall hold hearings to establish a program whereby any certified
55 deaf or severely hearing or speech impaired customer of a telephone corporation [
56 provides service through a local exchange may obtain a telecommunication device capable of
57 serving the customer at no charge to [
58 (3) The program described in Subsection (2) shall provide a dual party relay system
59 using third party intervention to connect a certified deaf or severely hearing or speech impaired
60 person with a normal hearing person by way of telecommunication devices designed for that
62 (4) (a) The commission shall impose a surcharge on each residence and business access
63 line of each customer to the local exchange of any telephone corporation providing such lines
64 in this state to cover the costs of:
65 (i) the program[
66 (ii) payments made under Subsection (5).
67 (b) The commission shall establish by rule the amount to be charged under this section,
68 which may not exceed 25 cents per residence and business access line.
69 (c) The telephone corporation shall collect the surcharge from its customers and
70 transfer the money collected to the commission under rules adopted by the commission.
71 (d) The surcharge shall be separately identified on customer bills.
72 (5) (a) Any money collected from the surcharge imposed under Subsection (4) shall be
73 deposited in the state treasury as [
74 determined by the Public Service Commission.
75 (b) These dedicated credits may be used only:
81 and transferring to the commission the surcharge imposed by the commission;
84 (vi) by the commission to contract, in compliance with Title 63, Chapter 56, Utah
85 Procurement Code, with:
86 (A) an institution within the state system of higher education listed in Section
87 53B-1-102 for a program approved by the Board of Regents that trains persons to qualify as
88 certified interpreters; or
89 (B) the Division of Services to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for a program that trains
90 persons to qualify as certified interpreters.
91 (c) The commission may make rules under Title 63, Chapter 46a, Utah Administrative
92 Rulemaking Act, for the administration of monies under Subsection (5)(b)(vi).
93 (d) Monies received by the commission under Subsection (4) are nonlapsing.
94 (6) (a) The telephone surcharge need not be collected by a local exchange company if
95 the amount collected would be less than the actual administrative costs of the collection. [
97 (b) If Subsection (6)(a) applies, the local exchange company shall submit to the
98 commission, in lieu of the revenue from the surcharge collection, a breakdown of the
99 anticipated costs and the expected revenue from the collection, showing that the costs exceed
100 the revenue.
101 (7) The commission shall solicit the advice, counsel, and physical assistance of
102 severely hearing or speech impaired persons and the organizations serving them in the design
103 and implementation of the program.
Legislative Review Note
as of 1-26-05 12:17 PM
Based on a limited legal review, this legislation has not been determined to have a high
probability of being held unconstitutional.
Office of Legislative Research and General Counsel
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