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S*0277 (Rat #0192, Act #0181 of 2016) General Bill, By Alexander, Rankin and Hutto
Summary: State Telecom Equity in Funding Act
    AN ACT TO AMEND THE CODE OF LAWS OF SOUTH CAROLINA, 1976, SO AS TO ENACT THE "STATE TELECOM EQUITY IN FUNDING ACT"; BY ADDING SECTION 58-9-2515 SO AS TO CLARIFY THE JURISDICTION OF THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION OVER LOCAL EXCHANGE SERVICE CARRIERS, PREPAID WIRELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS, COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL PROVIDERS; BY ADDING SECTION 58-9-2535 SO AS TO PROVIDE LOCAL EXCHANGE PROVIDERS, COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE PROVIDERS, VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND PREPAID WIRELESS SERVICE PROVIDERS SHALL COLLECT DUAL PARTY RELAY CHARGES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR RELATED BILLING DETERMINATIONS, FEE RETENTIONS, LIABILITY LIMITS, AND GOVERNMENTAL RESTRICTIONS AND OBLIGATIONS, AMONG OTHER THINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 58-9-10, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING THE REGULATION OF TELEPHONE SERVICES, SO AS TO REVISE CERTAIN DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 58-9-280, RELATING TO THE UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND, SO AS TO REQUIRE THE COLLECTION AND REMITTANCE OF CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE FUND AND THE PROVISION AND MAINTENANCE OF CERTAIN RELATED INFORMATION, TO PERMIT THE RETENTION OF A PORTION OF THESE COLLECTIONS AS ADMINISTRATIVE FEES, TO LIMIT THE SIZE OF THE FUND, TO PROVIDE VARIOUS LIABILITY LIMITATIONS FOR PREVIOUSLY RENDERED SERVICES, TO PROVIDE FOR CERTAIN RANDOM COMPLIANCE AUDITS AND RELATED INVESTIGATIONS OF FUND RECIPIENTS BY THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF, TO REQUIRE THE OFFICE OF REGULATORY STAFF TO REPORT CERTAIN INFORMATION TO THE PUBLIC UTILITIES REVIEW COMMITTEE, AND TO PROVIDE THAT ALL REVISIONS MADE BY THIS SECTION ARE VOID IF ANY ARE FINALLY ADJUDICATED TO BE INVALID, AMONG OTHER THINGS; TO AMEND SECTION 58-9-576, RELATING TO CERTAIN ELECTIONS BY LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS, SO AS TO PROVIDE THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION MAY NOT REGULATE CERTAIN STAND ALONE BASIC RESIDENTIAL LINES OF CARRIERS IN SERVICE BEFORE AN ELECTION DATE, TO PROVIDE AN EXCEPTION ALLOWING THE COMMISSION TO ORDER SUCH LOCAL EXCHANGE CARRIERS TO PROVIDE VOICE SERVICES TO RESIDENTIAL CUSTOMERS IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, TO PROVIDE PROCEDURES FOR THE TERMINATION OF THESE SERVICES, AND TO DEFINE NECESSARY TERMINOLOGY; TO AMEND SECTION 58-9-2510, RELATING TO DEFINITIONS CONCERNING TELEPHONE SERVICE FOR HEARING AND SPEECH IMPAIRED PEOPLE, SO AS TO REVISE THESE DEFINITIONS AND PROVIDE ADDITIONAL NECESSARY DEFINITIONS; TO AMEND SECTION 58-9-2530, RELATING TO THE OPERATING FUND FOR A SYSTEM OF DUAL PARTY RELAY DEVICES AND RELATED TELECOMMUNICATIONS DEVICES FOR THE DEAF, SO AS TO INCLUDE COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE PROVIDERS, VOICE OVER INTERNET PROTOCOL SERVICE PROVIDERS, AND PREPAID WIRELESS SELLERS AMONG THE ENTITIES THAT MUST IMPOSE RELATED FEES, TO REDUCE THE MAXIMUM CHARGE FROM TWENTY-FIVE CENTS TO TEN CENTS, TO REQUIRE UNIFORMITY OF THE FEES AMONG ALL PROVIDERS AND SELLERS REQUIRED TO IMPOSE THE FEES, AND TO PROVIDE FOR THE REMITTAL AND TRANSFERAL OF COLLECTED FEES TO THE FUND; TO AMEND SECTION 58-9-576, RELATING TO THE DEFINITION OF A "SINGLE-LINE BASIC RESIDENTIAL SERVICE", SO AS TO REVISE THE DEFINITION; AND TO REPEAL SECTION 58-9-2540 RELATING TO AN ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONCERNING STATEWIDE TELECOMMUNICATIONS RELAY ACCESS SERVICE. - ratified title
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01/13/15Senate Introduced and read first time (Senate Journal-page 164)
01/13/15Senate Referred to Committee on Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 164)
01/15/15Senate Referred to Subcommittee: Rankin (ch), Hutto, Turner
02/25/15Senate Committee report: Majority favorable with amend., minority unfavorable Judiciary (Senate Journal-page 17)
02/26/15 Scrivener's error corrected
03/18/15Senate Minority Report Removed (Senate Journal-page 35)
04/23/15Senate Motion to Set Bill for Adjourned Debate Failed (Senate Journal-page 93)
04/23/15Senate Roll call Ayes-9 Nays-31 (Senate Journal-page 93)
04/29/15Senate Committee Amendment Adopted (Senate Journal-page 43)
04/29/15Senate Read second time (Senate Journal-page 43)
04/30/15Senate Amended (Senate Journal-page 12)
04/30/15Senate Read third time and sent to House (Senate Journal-page 12)
04/30/15Senate Roll call Ayes-22 Nays-20 (Senate Journal-page 12)
05/01/15 Scrivener's error corrected
05/05/15House Introduced and read first time (House Journal-page 19)
05/05/15House Referred to Committee on Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 19)
04/20/16House Committee report: Favorable with amendment Labor, Commerce and Industry (House Journal-page 347)
04/21/16 Scrivener's error corrected
04/26/16House Debate adjourned until Wed., 5-4-16 (House Journal-page 17)
05/04/16House Requests for debate-Rep(s). Sandifer, Hiott, Whitmire, Hill, HA Crawford, Ryhal, Hardee, Ott, Merrill, Crosby, Wells, Jefferson, Bamberg, Gambrell (House Journal-page 11)
05/04/16House Amended (House Journal-page 45)
05/04/16House Read second time (House Journal-page 45)
05/04/16House Roll call Yeas-103 Nays-2 (House Journal-page 99)
05/05/16 Scrivener's error corrected
05/05/16House Read third time and returned to Senate with amendments (House Journal-page 147)
05/18/16Senate Concurred in House amendment and enrolled (Senate Journal-page 53)
05/24/16 Ratified R 192
05/25/16 Signed By Governor
05/27/16 Effective date 05/25/16
05/31/16 Act No. 181



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