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SF 559

as introduced - 88th Legislature (2013 - 2014) Posted on 02/19/2013 08:50am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to public safety; modifying provisions relating to 911 funds to make
them available for statewide public safety radio communications; amending
Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 403.11, subdivision 1; proposing coding for
new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 403.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2012, section 403.11, subdivision 1, is amended to read:


Subdivision 1.

Emergency telecommunications service fee; account.

(a) Each
customer of a wireless or wire-line switched or packet-based telecommunications
service provider connected to the public switched telephone network that furnishes
service capable of originating a 911 emergency telephone call is assessed a fee based
upon the number of wired or wireless telephone lines, or their equivalent, to cover
the costs of ongoing maintenance and related improvements for trunking and central
office switching equipment for 911 emergency telecommunications service, to offset
administrative and staffing costs of the commissioner related to managing the 911
emergency telecommunications service program, to make distributions provided for in
deleted text beginsectiondeleted text endnew text begin sections 403.112 andnew text end 403.113, and to offset the costs, including administrative and
staffing costs, incurred by the State Patrol Division of the Department of Public Safety in
handling 911 emergency calls made from wireless phones.

(b) Money remaining in the 911 emergency telecommunications service account
after all other obligations are paid must not cancel and is carried forward to subsequent
years and may be appropriated from time to time to the commissioner to provide financial
assistance to counties for the improvement of local emergency telecommunications
services. The improvements may include providing access to 911 service for
telecommunications service subscribers currently without access and upgrading existing
911 service to include automatic number identification, local location identification,
automatic location identification, and other improvements specified in revised county
911 plans approved by the commissioner.

(c) The fee may not be less than eight cents nor more than 65 cents a month until
June 30, 2008, not less than eight cents nor more than 75 cents a month until June 30, 2009,
not less than eight cents nor more than 85 cents a month until June 30, 2010, and not less
than eight cents nor more than 95 cents a month on or after July 1, 2010, for each customer
access line or other basic access service, including trunk equivalents as designated by
the Public Utilities Commission for access charge purposes and including wireless
telecommunications services. With the approval of the commissioner of management and
budget, the commissioner of public safety shall establish the amount of the fee within the
limits specified and inform the companies and carriers of the amount to be collected. When
the revenue bonds authorized under section 403.27, subdivision 1, have been fully paid or
defeased, the commissioner shall reduce the fee to reflect that debt service on the bonds is
no longer needed. The commissioner shall provide companies and carriers a minimum of
45 days' notice of each fee change. The fee must be the same for all customers.

(d) The fee must be collected by each wireless or wire-line telecommunications
service provider subject to the fee. Fees are payable to and must be submitted to the
commissioner monthly before the 25th of each month following the month of collection,
except that fees may be submitted quarterly if less than $250 a month is due, or annually if
less than $25 a month is due. Receipts must be deposited in the state treasury and credited
to a 911 emergency telecommunications service account in the special revenue fund. The
money in the account may only be used for 911 telecommunications services.

(e) This subdivision does not apply to customers of interexchange carriers.

(f) The installation and recurring charges for integrating wireless 911 calls into
enhanced 911 systems are eligible for payment by the commissioner if the 911 service
provider is included in the statewide design plan and the charges are made pursuant to
contract.

(g) Competitive local exchanges carriers holding certificates of authority from the
Public Utilities Commission are eligible to receive payment for recurring 911 services.

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively for sales and purchases
made after December 31, 2010.
new text end

Sec. 2.

new text begin [403.112] PUBLIC SAFETY RADIO EQUIPMENT; FINANCIAL
ASSISTANCE.
new text end

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Fee. new text end

new text begin A portion of the fee collected under section 403.11 must be
used to fund the implementation and expansion of the regionwide public safety radio
communication system established under sections 403.21 to 403.40, in accordance with
the provisions of subdivision 2.
new text end

new text begin Subd. 2. new text end

new text begin Eligible recipients. new text end

new text begin (a) Any county, or group of counties, that has
incurred costs for the implementation of the Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response
(ARMER) program is eligible to receive financial assistance equal to the amount the
county, or groups of counties, paid in sales tax for any products and services, including,
but not limited to, end user equipment used for construction, ownership, operation,
maintenance, and enhancement of the backbone system of the regionwide public safety
radio communication system established under sections 403.21 to 403.40.
new text end

new text begin (b) A county, or group of counties, is not eligible for financial assistance for products
and services purchased if those purchases were exempt from sales tax under section
297A.70, subdivision 8.
new text end

new text begin EFFECTIVE DATE. new text end

new text begin This section is effective retroactively for sales and purchases
made after December 31, 2010.
new text end