AB 162

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2019-2020 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Assembly
  • Senate
  • Governor

Communications: universal service programs: Public Utilities Commission reimbursement fees.


Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law establishes the California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee Fund, the California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee Fund, the Universal Lifeline Telephone Service Trust Administrative Committee Fund, the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program Administrative Committee Fund, the Payphone Service Providers Committee Fund, the California Teleconnect Fund Administrative Committee Fund, and the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) in the State Treasury and provides that moneys in the funds are held in trust and may be expended only to accomplish specified telecommunications universal service programs, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act or upon supplemental appropriation. This bill would prohibit the commission from collecting, for deposit into any universal service fund, any revenues derived from charges upon the provision of a communications service that the Federal Communications Commission has determined is an information service, as specified. Existing law establishes the Public Utilities Commission Utilities Reimbursement Account and authorizes the commission to annually determine a utility reimbursement fee to be paid by every public utility providing service directly to customers or subscribers and subject to the jurisdiction of the commission, except for a railroad corporation. The commission is required to establish the fee, with the approval of the Department of Finance, to produce a total amount equal to that amount established in the authorized commission budget for the same year, and an appropriate reserve to regulate public utilities, less specified sources of funding. This bill would prohibit the commission from imposing a utility reimbursement fee that is applicable to the provision of a communications service that the Federal Communications Commission has determined is an information service, as specified.

Bill Sponsors (25)



Jan 27, 2020


Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 34. Noes 11. Page 3912.).


Reconsideration granted. (Page 3887.)

May 13, 2019


January 23-Motion to reconsider continued.

May 09, 2019


Read third time. Refused passage. (Ayes 37. Noes 16. Page 1594.).


Motion to reconsider on the next legislative day made by Assembly Member Kiley.

May 02, 2019


Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 01, 2019


From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 8. Noes 0.) (May 1).

Jan 24, 2019


Referred to Com. on C. & C.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on C. & C.

Jan 08, 2019


From printer. May be heard in committee February 7.

Jan 07, 2019


Read first time. To print.

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