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SB-203 Telecommunications: Moore Universal Telephone Service Act.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 01/06/2020 02:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Senate  January 06, 2020

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 203


Introduced by Senator Bradford

January 31, 2019


An act relating to a public bank. An act to repeal Section 872 of, and to repeal and add Section 878 of, the Public Utilities Code, relating to telecommunications.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 203, as amended, Bradford. Public bank. Telecommunications: Moore Universal Telephone Service Act.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. The Moore Universal Telephone Service Act established the lifeline telephone service program in order to provide low-income households, as defined, with access to affordable basic residential telephone service. Existing law requires that a lifeline telephone service subscriber be provided with one lifeline subscription at the subscriber’s principal place of residence, and provides that no other member of that subscriber’s family or household who maintains residence at that place is eligible for lifeline telephone service.
This bill would revise the definition of “household” for these purposes and would authorize multiple lifeline telephone service subscribers to maintain the same address if they are not of the same household.

Existing state and federal law define and regulate financial institutions, including banks. Existing state law, the Financial Institutions Law, defines a “bank” as a banking institution that is incorporated to engage in commercial banking, industrial banking, or trust business.

This bill would state the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a public bank.

Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: NOYES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 872 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.
872.

As used in this article, “household” means a residential dwelling that is the principal place of residence of the lifeline telephone service subscriber, and excludes any industrial, commercial, or other nonresidential building.

SEC. 2.

 Section 878 of the Public Utilities Code is repealed.
878.

A lifeline telephone service subscriber shall be provided with one lifeline subscription, as defined by the commission, at his or her principal place of residence, and no other member of that subscriber’s family or household who maintains residence at that place is eligible for lifeline telephone service.

An applicant for lifeline telephone service may report only one address in this state as the principal place of residence.

SEC. 3.

 Section 878 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

878.
 (a) For purposes of this section, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) “Adult” means any person 18 years of age or older.
(2) “Economic unit” means all adult individuals contributing to and sharing in the income and expenses of a household.
(3) “Household” means any group of individuals, including the subscriber, who are living together at the same address and as one economic unit. A household may include related and unrelated persons. If an adult has no, or minimal, income and lives with someone who provides financial support to that adult, both persons shall be part of the same household. A child under 18 years of age and living with a parent or guardian shall be part of the same household as the parent or guardian.
(b) A lifeline telephone service subscriber shall be provided with one lifeline subscription, as defined by the commission, per household and, no other member of that household is eligible for lifeline telephone service. A lifeline telephone service subscriber is eligible for lifeline service at only one address.
(c) Multiple lifeline telephone service subscribers may maintain the same address if they are not of the same household.

SECTION 1.

It is the intent of the Legislature to enact legislation to create a public bank.