- District 40
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.
Chaptered by Secretary of State. Chapter 706, Statutes of 2022.
Approved by the Governor.
Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
In Senate. Ordered to engrossing and enrolling.
Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. Ordered to the Senate.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 16. Noes 0.) (August 11).
August 3 set for first hearing. Placed on suspense file.
From committee: Do pass and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 11. Noes 0.) (June 15). Re-referred to Com. on APPR.
In Assembly. Read first time. Held at Desk.
Read third time. Urgency clause adopted. Passed. (Ayes 37. Noes 0. Page 3834.) Ordered to the Assembly.
Read second time. Ordered to third reading.
From committee: Do pass. (Ayes 7. Noes 0. Page 3772.) (May 19).
Set for hearing May 19.
April 4 hearing: Placed on APPR suspense file.
Set for hearing April 4.
From committee: Do pass as amended and re-refer to Com. on APPR. (Ayes 12. Noes 0. Page 3094.) (March 14).
Set for hearing March 14.
Art. IV. Sec. 8(a) of the Constitution dispensed with.
Joint Rule 55 suspended. (Ayes 31. Noes 6. Page 2880.)
(Ayes 31. Noes 6.)
From printer. May be acted upon on or after February 19.
Introduced. Read first time. To Com. on RLS. for assignment. To print.
|Bill Text Versions||Format|
|01/19/22 - Introduced|
|03/21/22 - Amended Senate|
|08/25/22 - Enrolled|
|09/28/22 - Chaptered|
|03/11/22- Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications|
|03/31/22- Senate Appropriations|
|05/21/22- Sen. Floor Analyses|
|06/14/22- Assembly Communications and Conveyance|
|08/01/22- Assembly Appropriations|
|08/17/22- ASSEMBLY FLOOR ANALYSIS|
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