SB 857

  • California Senate Bill
  • 2021-2022 Regular Session
  • Introduced in Senate Jan 19, 2022
  • Passed Senate May 23, 2022
  • Passed Assembly Aug 22, 2022
  • Became Law Sep 28, 2022

Telecommunications: universal service programs.

Abstract

Existing law authorizes the Public Utilities Commission to supervise and regulate every public utility in the state, including telephone corporations, and to fix just and reasonable rates and charges for public utilities. Existing law establishes the state's 6 universal service funds in the State Treasury, including the California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee Fund and the California High-Cost Fund-B Administrative Committee Fund, and provides that moneys in each of the state's universal service funds are the proceeds of rates and are held in trust for the benefit of ratepayers and to compensate telephone corporations for their costs of providing universal service. Moneys in the funds may only be expended to accomplish specified telecommunications universal service programs, upon appropriation in the annual Budget Act or upon supplemental appropriation. Existing law, until January 1, 2023, requires the commission to maintain the California High-Cost Fund-A Administrative Committee Fund (the CHCF-A program) to provide universal service rate support to small independent telephone corporations, as defined, in certain amounts in furtherance of the state's universal service commitment to the continued affordability and widespread availability of safe, reliable, high-quality communications services in rural areas of the state. Existing law, until January 1, 2023, requires the commission to develop, implement, and maintain a suitable, competitively neutral, and broad-based program to establish a fair and equitable local rate support structure aided by universal service rate support to telephone corporations serving areas where the cost of providing services exceeds rates charged by providers, as determined by the commission (the CHCF-B program) . This bill would extend the CHCF-A program and CHCF-B program requirements to January 1, 2028. Under existing law, a violation of the Public Utilities Act or an order or direction of the commission is a crime. Because the CHCF-A program and CHCF-B program, that are extended under the provisions of this bill, are within the act and a decision or order of the commission implements the programs' requirements, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by expanding the definition of a crime. 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. This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute.

Bill Sponsors (13)

Votes


Actions


Sep 28, 2022

California State Legislature

Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 706, Statutes of 2022.

California State Legislature

Approved by the Governor.

Aug 30, 2022

California State Legislature

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

Aug 23, 2022

Senate

In Senate. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.

Aug 22, 2022

Assembly

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.

Aug 15, 2022

Assembly

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Aug 11, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (August 11).

Aug 03, 2022

Assembly

August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.

Jun 15, 2022

Assembly

From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (June 15). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

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

May 27, 2022

Assembly

Referred to Com. on C. & C.

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

May 24, 2022

Assembly

In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.

May 23, 2022

Senate

Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 3834.) Ordered to the Assembly.

May 19, 2022

Senate

Read second time. Ordered to third reading.

Senate

From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 3772.) (May 19).

May 13, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing May 19.

Apr 04, 2022

Senate

April 4 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.

Mar 25, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing April 4.

Mar 21, 2022

Senate

Read second time and amended. Re-referred to Com. on APPR.

  • Amendment-Passage
  • Reading-1
  • Reading-2
  • Referral-Committee
Com. on APPR.

Mar 17, 2022

Senate

From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 0. Page 3094.) (March 14).

Mar 04, 2022

Senate

Set for hearing March 14.

Feb 07, 2022

Senate

Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.

Senate

Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 31. Noes 6. Page 2880.)

Senate

(Ayes 31. Noes 6.)

Jan 26, 2022

Senate

Referred to Com. on E., U. & C.

  • Referral-Committee
Com. on E., U. & C.

Jan 20, 2022

Senate

From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 19.

Jan 19, 2022

Senate

Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.

Bill Text

Bill Text Versions Format
SB857 HTML
01/19/22 - Introduced PDF
03/21/22 - Amended Senate PDF
08/25/22 - Enrolled PDF
09/28/22 - Chaptered PDF

Related Documents

Document Format
03/11/22- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications PDF
03/31/22- Senate Appropriations PDF
05/21/22- Sen. Floor Analyses PDF
06/14/22- Assembly Communications and Conveyance PDF
08/01/22- Assembly Appropriations PDF
08/17/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS PDF

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