AB 14

  • California Assembly Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Assembly
  • Passed Assembly Jun 02, 2021
  • Passed Senate Sep 09, 2021
  • Signed by Governor Oct 08, 2021

Communications: California Advanced Services Fund: deaf and disabled telecommunications program: surcharges.

Abstract

(1) Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law requires the commission to develop, implement, and administer the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) to encourage deployment of high-quality advanced communications services to all Californians that will promote economic growth, job creation, and the substantial social benefits of advanced information and communications technologies. Existing law authorizes the commission to impose a surcharge to collect $330,000,000 for deposit into the CASF beginning January 1, 2018, and continuing through the 2022 calendar year. Existing law specifies the amount of surcharge revenues to be deposited into each account within the CASF, subject to appropriation by the Legislature. This bill would authorize the commission to impose the surcharge to fund the CASF until December 31, 2032, as specified. Existing law requires the commission, until April 1, 2023, to annually report specified information to the Legislature, including the remaining unserved areas in the state, the status of the CASF balance, and the projected amount to be collected in each year. This bill would require the commission to report that information in perpetuity. This bill would authorize the commission to require each internet service provider, as defined, to report specified information regarding each free, low-cost, income-qualified, or affordable internet service plan advertised by the provider. (2) Existing law requires the commission to require interconnected Voice over Internet Protocol service providers to collect and remit surcharges on their California intrastate revenues in support of specified public purpose program funds. Existing law authorizes those providers to use certain methodologies to identify their intrastate revenues subject to the surcharge. This bill would repeal that authorization to use those methodologies. (3) Existing law establishes the deaf and disabled telecommunications program and requires the commission to establish a rate recovery mechanism through a surcharge not to exceed 12 of 1% uniformly applied to a subscriber's intrastate telephone service, other than one-way radio paging service and universal telephone service, until January 1, 2025, to allow providers of equipment and service pursuant to that program to recover their costs as they are incurred. This bill would revise those requirements to instead require the commission to administer a surcharge to collect revenues of up to $100,000,000 per year until January 1, 2025, subject to annual appropriation of moneys by the Legislature, to allow providers of equipment and service pursuant to the deaf and disabled telecommunications program to recover their costs as they are incurred. (4) Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or any order, decision, rule, direction, demand, or requirement of the commission is a crime. Because certain of the above provisions would be part of the act and a violation of a commission action implementing this bill's requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The California Constitution requires the state to reimburse local agencies and school districts for certain costs mandated by the state. Statutory provisions establish procedures for making that reimbursement. This bill would provide that no reimbursement is required by this act for a specified reason. (5) This bill would become effective only if SB 4 of the 2021–22 Regular Session is enacted and takes effect on or before January 1, 2022. (6) This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (30)

Rubio

     
Coauthor

Gonzalez

     
Principal Coauthor

Votes


Actions


Oct 08, 2021

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State - Chapter 658, Statutes of 2021.

Sep 17, 2021

California State Legislature

Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.

Sep 09, 2021

Senate

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 28. Noes 8.).

Assembly

Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 60. Noes 7.).

Assembly

Assembly Rule 63 suspended.

Assembly

In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending.

Sep 03, 2021

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Sep 02, 2021

Senate

Read third time and amended. Ordered to second reading.

Aug 26, 2021

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (August 26).

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 16, 2021

Senate

In committee: Referred to suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
suspense file.

Jul 13, 2021

Senate

Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Senate

Withdrawn from committee.

Jul 12, 2021

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on GOV. & F.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on GOV. & F.

Jul 08, 2021

Senate

From committee: Amend, and do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on GOV. & F. (Ayes 11. Noes 1.) (July 5).

Jun 17, 2021

Senate

From committee chair, with author's amendments: Amend, and re-refer to committee. Read second time, amended, and re-referred to Com. on E., U. & C.

  • Amendment-Introduction
  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E., U. & C.

Jun 16, 2021

Senate

Referred to Coms. on E., U. & C. and GOV. & F.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on E., U. & C. and GOV. & F.

Jun 03, 2021

Senate

In Senate. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment.

Jun 02, 2021

Assembly

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Senate. (Ayes 62. Noes 7.).

May 24, 2021

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

May 20, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 12. Noes 3.) (May 20).

May 12, 2021

Assembly

In committee: Set, first hearing. Referred to APPR. suspense file.

  • Referral-Committee
APPR. suspense file. APPR

Apr 29, 2021

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 5. Noes 2.) (April 28). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Apr 15, 2021

Assembly

Coauthors revised.

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on L. GOV. (Ayes 9. Noes 1.) (April 14). Re-referred to Com. on L. GOV.

  • Committee-Passage
  • Committee-Passage-Favorable
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on L. GOV.

Jan 11, 2021

Assembly

Referred to Coms. on C. & C. and L. GOV.

  • Referral-Committee
Coms. on C. & C. and L. GOV.

Dec 08, 2020

Assembly

From printer. May be heard in committee January 7.

Dec 07, 2020

Assembly

Read first time. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
AB14 HTML
12/07/20 - Introduced PDF
06/17/21 - Amended Senate PDF
07/12/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/02/21 - Amended Senate PDF
09/13/21 - Enrolled PDF
10/08/21 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
04/13/21- Assembly Communications and Conveyance PDF
04/27/21- Assembly Local Government PDF
05/11/21- Assembly Appropriations PDF
06/01/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF
07/01/21- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications PDF
08/13/21- Senate Appropriations PDF
08/28/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/07/21- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
09/09/21- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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