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H.B. 173 Enrolled

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911 AMENDMENTS

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2010 GENERAL SESSION

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STATE OF UTAH

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Chief Sponsor: Brad L. Dee

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Senate Sponsor: Jon J. Greiner

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             7      LONG TITLE
             8      General Description:
             9          This bill modifies code provisions regarding 911 emergency communications and uses
             10      of funding.
             11      Highlighted Provisions:
             12          This bill:
             13          .    provides a definition of a public safety answering point; and
             14          .    provides additional uses for the 911 surcharge funds.
             15      Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
             16          None
             17      Other Special Clauses:
             18          None
             19      Utah Code Sections Affected:
             20      AMENDS:
             21          53-10-602, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 64
             22          53-10-603, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 241
             23          69-2-2, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2002, Chapter 320
             24          69-2-5, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2009, Chapter 203
             25     
             26      Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
             27          Section 1. Section 53-10-602 is amended to read:
             28           53-10-602. Committee's duties and powers.
             29          (1) The committee shall:


             30          (a) review and make recommendations to the division, the Bureau of
             31      Communications, public safety answering points, and the Legislature on:
             32          (i) technical, administrative, fiscal, and operational issues for the implementation of a
             33      unified statewide wireless and land-based E-911 emergency system;
             34          (ii) specific technology and standards for the implementation of a unified statewide
             35      wireless and land-based E-911 emergency system;
             36          (iii) emerging technological upgrades;
             37          (iv) expenditures by local public service answering points to assure implementation of
             38      a unified statewide wireless and land-based E-911 emergency system and standards of
             39      operation; and
             40          (v) mapping systems and technology necessary to implement the unified statewide
             41      wireless and land-based E-911 emergency system;
             42          (b) administer the fund as provided in this part;
             43          (c) assist as many local entities as possible, at their request, to implement the
             44      recommendations of the committee; and
             45          (d) fulfill all other duties imposed on the committee by the Legislature by this part.
             46          (2) The committee may sell, lease, or otherwise dispose of equipment or personal
             47      property belonging to the committee, the proceeds from which shall return to the fund.
             48          (3) (a) The committee shall review information regarding:
             49          (i) in aggregate, the number of telecommunication service subscribers by
             50      telecommunication service type in a political subdivision;
             51          (ii) 911 call delivery network costs;
             52          (iii) public safety answering point costs; and
             53          (iv) system engineering information.
             54          (b) In accordance with Subsection (3)(a) the committee may request:
             55          (i) information as described in Subsection (3)(a)(i) from the Utah State Tax
             56      Commission; and
             57          (ii) information from public safety answering points connected to the 911 call delivery


             58      system.
             59          (c) The information requested by and provided to the committee under Subsection (3)
             60      is a protected record in accordance with Section 63G-2-305 .
             61          (4) The committee shall issue the reimbursement allowed under Subsection
             62      53-10-605 (1)(b) provided that:
             63          (a) the reimbursement is based on aggregated cost studies submitted to the committee
             64      by the wireless carriers seeking reimbursement; and
             65          (b) the reimbursement to any one carrier does not exceed 125% of the wireless
             66      carrier's contribution to the fund.
             67          (5) The committee shall adopt rules in accordance with Title 63G, Chapter 3, Utah
             68      Administrative Rulemaking Act, to administer the fund created in Section 53-10-603
             69      including rules that establish the criteria, standards, technology, and equipment that a local
             70      entity or state agency must adopt in order to qualify for grants from the fund.
             71          (6) The committee may employ an outside consultant to study and advise on the issue
             72      of public safety answering points.
             73          [(6)] (7) This section does not expand the authority of the Utah State Tax Commission
             74      to request additional information from a telecommunication service provider.
             75          Section 2. Section 53-10-603 is amended to read:
             76           53-10-603. Statewide Unified E-911 Emergency Service Fund -- Fund uses.
             77          (1) There is created a restricted account in the General Fund entitled the "Statewide
             78      Unified E-911 Emergency Service Fund," or "fund" consisting of:
             79          (a) proceeds from the fee imposed in Section 69-2-5.6 ;
             80          (b) money appropriated or otherwise made available by the Legislature; and
             81          (c) contributions of money, property, or equipment from federal agencies, political
             82      subdivisions of the state, persons, or corporations.
             83          (2) The monies in this fund shall be used exclusively for the following statewide
             84      public purposes:
             85          (a) enhancing public safety as provided in this chapter;


             86          (b) providing a statewide, unified, wireless E-911 service available to public [service]
             87      safety answering points; [and]
             88          (c) providing reimbursement to providers for certain costs associated with Phase II
             89      wireless E-911 service[.]; and
             90          (d) paying for an outside consultant hired by the Utah 911 Committee to study and
             91      advise the committee regarding public safety answering points.
             92          Section 3. Section 69-2-2 is amended to read:
             93           69-2-2. Definitions.
             94          As used in this chapter:
             95          (1) "911 emergency telephone service" means a communication system which
             96      provides citizens with rapid direct access to public emergency operation centers by dialing the
             97      telephone number "911" with the objective of reducing the response time to situations
             98      requiring law enforcement, fire, medical, rescue, and other emergency services.
             99          (2) "Local exchange service" means the provision of public telecommunications
             100      services by a wireline common carrier to customers within a geographic area encompassing
             101      one or more local communities as described in the carrier's service territory maps, tariffs, price
             102      lists, or rate schedules filed with and approved by the Public Service Commission.
             103          (3) "Local exchange service switched access line" means the transmission facility and
             104      local switching equipment used by a wireline common carrier to connect a customer location
             105      to a carrier's local exchange switching network for providing two-way interactive voice, or
             106      voice capable, services.
             107          (4) "Mobile telecommunications service" is as defined in Section 54-8b-2 .
             108          (5) "Public agency" means any county, city, town, special service district, or public
             109      authority located within the state which provides or has authority to provide fire fighting, law
             110      enforcement, ambulance, medical, or other emergency services.
             111          (6) "Public safety agency" means a functional division of a public agency which
             112      provides fire fighting, law enforcement, medical, or other emergency services.
             113          (7) "Public safety answering point" means a facility that:


             114          (a) is equipped and staffed under the authority of a political subdivision; and
             115          (b) receives 911 calls, other calls for emergency services, and asynchronous event
             116      notifications for a defined geographic area.
             117          [(7)] (8) "Radio communications access line" means the radio equipment and assigned
             118      customer identification number used to connect a mobile or fixed radio customer in Utah to a
             119      radio communication service provider's network for two-way interactive voice, or voice
             120      capable, services.
             121          [(8)] (9) "Radio communications service" means a public telecommunications service
             122      providing the capability of two-way interactive telecommunications between mobile and fixed
             123      radio customers, and between mobile or fixed radio customers and the local exchange service
             124      network customers of a wireline common carrier. Radio communications service providers
             125      include corporations, persons or entities offering cellular telephone service, enhanced
             126      specialized mobile radio service, rural radio service, radio common carrier services, personal
             127      communications services, and any equivalent wireless public telecommunications service, as
             128      defined in 47 CFR, parts 20, 21, 22, 24, and 90.
             129          [(9)] (10) "Wireline common carrier" means a public telecommunications service
             130      provider that primarily uses metallic or nonmetallic cables and wires for connecting customers
             131      to its local exchange service networks.
             132          Section 4. Section 69-2-5 is amended to read:
             133           69-2-5. Funding for 911 emergency telecommunications service.
             134          (1) In providing funding of 911 emergency telecommunications service, any public
             135      agency establishing a 911 emergency telecommunications service may:
             136          (a) seek assistance from the federal or state government, to the extent constitutionally
             137      permissible, in the form of loans, advances, grants, subsidies, and otherwise, directly or
             138      indirectly;
             139          (b) seek funds appropriated by local governmental taxing authorities for the funding of
             140      public safety agencies; and
             141          (c) seek gifts, donations, or grants from individuals, corporations, or other private


             142      entities.
             143          (2) For purposes of providing funding of 911 emergency telecommunications service,
             144      special service districts may raise funds as provided in Section 17D-1-105 and may borrow
             145      money and incur indebtedness as provided in Section 17D-1-103 .
             146          (3) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(b) and subject to the other provisions of
             147      this Subsection (3) a county, city, or town within which 911 emergency telecommunications
             148      service is provided may levy monthly an emergency services telecommunications charge on:
             149          (i) each local exchange service switched access line within the boundaries of the
             150      county, city, or town;
             151          (ii) each revenue producing radio communications access line with a billing address
             152      within the boundaries of the county, city, or town; and
             153          (iii) any other service, including voice over Internet protocol, provided to a user within
             154      the boundaries of the county, city, or town that allows the user to make calls to and receive
             155      calls from the public switched telecommunications network, including commercial mobile
             156      radio service networks.
             157          (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(a), an access line provided for public coin
             158      telecommunications service is exempt from emergency telecommunications charges.
             159          (c) The amount of the charge levied under this section may not exceed:
             160          (i) 61 cents per month for each local exchange service switched access line;
             161          (ii) 61 cents per month for each radio communications access line; and
             162          (iii) 61 cents per month for each service under Subsection (3)(a)(iii).
             163          (d) (i) For purposes of this Subsection (3)(d) the following terms shall be defined as
             164      provided in Section 59-12-102 or 59-12-215 :
             165          (A) "mobile telecommunications service";
             166          (B) " place of primary use";
             167          (C) "service address"; and
             168          (D) "telecommunications service."
             169          (ii) An access line described in Subsection (3)(a) is considered to be within the


             170      boundaries of a county, city, or town if the telecommunications services provided over the
             171      access line are located within the county, city, or town:
             172          (A) for purposes of sales and use taxes under Title 59, Chapter 12, Sales and Use Tax
             173      Act; and
             174          (B) determined in accordance with Section 59-12-215 .
             175          (iii) The rate imposed on an access line under this section shall be determined in
             176      accordance with Subsection (3)(d)(iv) if the location of an access line described in Subsection
             177      (3)(a) is determined under Subsection (3)(d)(ii) to be a county, city, or town other than county,
             178      city, or town in which is located:
             179          (A) for a telecommunications service, the purchaser's service address; or
             180          (B) for mobile telecommunications service, the purchaser's place of primary use.
             181          (iv) The rate imposed on an access line under this section shall be the lower of:
             182          (A) the rate imposed by the county, city, or town in which the access line is located
             183      under Subsection (3)(d)(ii); or
             184          (B) the rate imposed by the county, city, or town in which it is located:
             185          (I) for telecommunications service, the purchaser's service address; or
             186          (II) for mobile telecommunications service, the purchaser's place of primary use.
             187          (e) (i) A county, city, or town shall notify the Public Service Commission of the intent
             188      to levy the charge under this Subsection (3) at least 30 days before the effective date of the
             189      charge being levied.
             190          (ii) For purposes of this Subsection (3)(e):
             191          (A) "Annexation" means an annexation to:
             192          (I) a city or town under Title 10, Chapter 2, Part 4, Annexation; or
             193          (II) a county under Title 17, Chapter 2, [Annexation to County] County
             194      Consolidations and Annexations.
             195          (B) "Annexing area" means an area that is annexed into a county, city, or town.
             196          (iii) (A) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(C) or (D), if on or after July 1,
             197      2003, a county, city, or town enacts or repeals a charge or changes the amount of the charge


             198      under this section, the enactment, repeal, or change shall take effect:
             199          (I) on the first day of a calendar quarter; and
             200          (II) after a 90-day period beginning on the date the State Tax Commission receives
             201      notice meeting the requirements of Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(B) from the county, city, or town.
             202          (B) The notice described in Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(A) shall state:
             203          (I) that the county, city, or town will enact or repeal a charge or change the amount of
             204      the charge under this section;
             205          (II) the statutory authority for the charge described in Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(B)(I);
             206          (III) the effective date of the charge described in Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(B)(I); and
             207          (IV) if the county, city, or town enacts the charge or changes the amount of the charge
             208      described in Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(B)(I), the amount of the charge.
             209          (C) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(A), the enactment of a charge or a charge
             210      increase under this section shall take effect on the first day of the first billing period:
             211          (I) that begins after the effective date of the enactment of the charge or the charge
             212      increase; and
             213          (II) if the billing period for the charge begins before the effective date of the enactment
             214      of the charge or the charge increase imposed under this section.
             215          (D) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(e)(iii)(A), the repeal of a charge or a charge
             216      decrease under this section shall take effect on the first day of the last billing period:
             217          (I) that began before the effective date of the repeal of the charge or the charge
             218      decrease; and
             219          (II) if the billing period for the charge begins before the effective date of the repeal of
             220      the charge or the charge decrease imposed under this section.
             221          (iv) (A) Except as provided in Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(C) or (D), if for an annexation
             222      that occurs on or after July 1, 2003, the annexation will result in the enactment, repeal, or a
             223      change in the amount of a charge imposed under this section for an annexing area, the
             224      enactment, repeal, or change shall take effect:
             225          (I) on the first day of a calendar quarter; and


             226          (II) after a 90-day period beginning on the date the State Tax Commission receives
             227      notice meeting the requirements of Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(B) from the county, city, or town that
             228      annexes the annexing area.
             229          (B) The notice described in Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(A) shall state:
             230          (I) that the annexation described in Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(A) will result in an
             231      enactment, repeal, or a change in the charge being imposed under this section for the annexing
             232      area;
             233          (II) the statutory authority for the charge described in Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(B)(I);
             234          (III) the effective date of the charge described in Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(B)(I); and
             235          (IV) if the county, city, or town enacts the charge or changes the amount of the charge
             236      described in Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(B)(I), the amount of the charge.
             237          (C) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(A), the enactment of a charge or a charge
             238      increase under this section shall take effect on the first day of the first billing period:
             239          (I) that begins after the effective date of the enactment of the charge or the charge
             240      increase; and
             241          (II) if the billing period for the charge begins before the effective date of the enactment
             242      of the charge or the charge increase imposed under this section.
             243          (D) Notwithstanding Subsection (3)(e)(iv)(A), the repeal of a charge or a charge
             244      decrease under this section shall take effect on the first day of the last billing period:
             245          (I) that began before the effective date of the repeal of the charge or the charge
             246      decrease; and
             247          (II) if the billing period for the charge begins before the effective date of the repeal of
             248      the charge or the charge decrease imposed under this section.
             249          (f) Subject to Subsection (3)(g), an emergency services telecommunications charge
             250      levied under this section shall:
             251          (i) be billed and collected by the person that provides the:
             252          (A) local exchange service switched access line services; or
             253          (B) radio communications access line services; and


             254          (ii) except for costs retained under Subsection (3)(h), remitted to the State Tax
             255      Commission.
             256          (g) An emergency services telecommunications charge on a mobile
             257      telecommunications service may be levied, billed, and collected only to the extent permitted
             258      by the Mobile Telecommunications Sourcing Act, 4 U.S.C. Sec. 116 et seq.
             259          (h) The person that bills and collects the charges levied under Subsection (3)(f) may:
             260          (i) bill the charge imposed by this section in combination with the charge levied under
             261      Section 69-2-5.6 as one line item charge; and
             262          (ii) retain an amount not to exceed 1.5% of the levy collected under this section as
             263      reimbursement for the cost of billing, collecting, and remitting the levy.
             264          (i) The State Tax Commission shall:
             265          (i) collect, enforce, and administer the charge imposed under this Subsection (3) using
             266      the same procedures used in the administration, collection, and enforcement of the state sales
             267      and use taxes under:
             268          (A) Title 59, Chapter 1, General Taxation Policies; and
             269          (B) Title 59, Chapter 12, Part 1, Tax Collection, except for:
             270          (I) Section 59-12-104 ;
             271          (II) Section 59-12-104.1 ;
             272          (III) Section 59-12-104.2 ;
             273          (IV) Section 59-12-107.1 ; and
             274          (V) Section 59-12-123 ;
             275          (ii) transmit monies collected under this Subsection (3):
             276          (A) monthly; and
             277          (B) by electronic funds transfer by the commission to the county, city, or town that
             278      imposes the charge; and
             279          (iii) charge the county, city, or town for the State Tax Commission's services under
             280      this Subsection (3) in an amount:
             281          (A) sufficient to reimburse the State Tax Commission for the cost to the State Tax


             282      Commission in rendering the services; and
             283          (B) that may not exceed an amount equal to 1.5% of the charges imposed under this
             284      Subsection (3).
             285          (4) (a) Any money received by a public agency for the provision of 911 emergency
             286      telecommunications service shall be deposited in a special emergency telecommunications
             287      service fund.
             288          (b) (i) Except as provided in Subsection (5)(b), the money in the emergency
             289      telecommunications service fund shall be expended by the public agency to pay the costs of:
             290          (A) establishing, installing, maintaining, and operating a 911 emergency
             291      telecommunications system [or];
             292          (B) receiving and processing emergency calls from the 911 system or other calls or
             293      requests for emergency services;
             294          (C) integrating a 911 system into an established public safety dispatch center,
             295      including contracting with the providers of local exchange service, radio communications
             296      service, and vendors of appropriate terminal equipment as necessary to implement the 911
             297      emergency telecommunications service; or
             298          (D) indirect costs associated with the maintaining and operating of a 911 emergency
             299      telecommunications system.
             300          (ii) Revenues derived for the funding of 911 emergency telecommunications service
             301      may [only] be used [for that portion of costs related to the operation of the 911 emergency
             302      telecommunications system] by the public agency for personnel costs associated with
             303      receiving and processing calls and deploying emergency response resources when [such a] the
             304      system is integrated with any public safety dispatch system.
             305          (c) Any unexpended money in the emergency telecommunications service fund at the
             306      end of a fiscal year does not lapse, and must be carried forward to be used for the purposes
             307      described in this section.
             308          (5) (a) Revenue received by a local entity from an increase in the levy imposed under
             309      Subsection (3) after the 2004 Annual General Session[, or from grants from the Utah 911


             310      Committee pursuant to Section 53-10-605 ]:
             311          (i) may be used by the public agency for the purposes under Subsection (4)(b); and
             312          [(i)] (ii) shall be deposited into the special emergency telecommunications service
             313      fund described in Subsection (4)(a)[; and].
             314          (b) Revenue received by a local entity from grants from the Utah 911 Committee
             315      under Section 53-10-605 :
             316          (i) shall be deposited into the special emergency telecommunications service fund
             317      under Subsection (4)(a); and
             318          (ii) shall only be used for that portion of the costs related to the development and
             319      operation of wireless and land-based enhanced 911 emergency telecommunications service
             320      and the implementation of wireless E-911 Phase I and Phase II services as provided in
             321      Subsection (5)[(b)](c).
             322          [(b)] (c) The costs allowed under Subsection (5)[(a)](b)(ii) [shall] include the public
             323      [service] safety answering point's or local entity's costs for:
             324          (i) acquisition, upgrade, modification, maintenance, and operation of public service
             325      answering point equipment capable of receiving E-911 information;
             326          (ii) database development, operation, and maintenance; and
             327          (iii) personnel costs associated with establishing, installing, maintaining, and
             328      operating wireless E-911 Phase I and Phase II services, including training emergency service
             329      personnel regarding receipt and use of E-911 wireless service information and educating
             330      consumers regarding the appropriate and responsible use of E-911 wireless service.
             331          (6) A local entity that increases the levy it imposes under Subsection (3)(c) after the
             332      2004 Annual General Session shall increase the levy to the maximum amount permitted by
             333      Subsection (3)(c).


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