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SB-431 Mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers: performance reliability standards.(2019-2020)

Date Published: 06/12/2019 09:00 PM
SB431:v98#DOCUMENT

Amended  IN  Assembly  June 12, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Bill
No. 431


Introduced by Senator McGuire

February 21, 2019


An act to amend Section 2146 of the Elections Code, add Section 776.2 to the Public Utilities Code, relating to elections. communications.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SB 431, as amended, McGuire. Elections: voter registration forms. Mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers: performance reliability standards.
Under existing law, the Public Utilities Commission has regulatory authority over public utilities, including telephone corporations. Existing law requires the commission to develop and implement performance reliability standards for backup power systems installed on the property of residential and small commercial customers by a facilities-based provider of telephony services upon determining that the benefits of the standards exceed the costs.
This bill would require the commission, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, to develop and implement performance reliability standards, as specified, for all mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers, commonly known as “cell towers,” located within a commission-designated Tier 2 or Tier 3 High Fire Threat District.
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 the provisions of this bill would be a part of the act and because a violation of an order or decision of the commission implementing its requirements would be a crime, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program by creating a new 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.

Existing law requires the Secretary of State to annually provide every high school, community college, and California State University and University of California campus with voter registration forms, and to provide additional forms to a school, free of charge, if so requested by the school.

This bill would require the Secretary of State to provide additional forms requested by a school within 30 days.

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

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


SECTION 1.

 Section 776.2 is added to the Public Utilities Code, to read:

776.2.
 (a) The commission, in consultation with the Office of Emergency Services, shall develop and implement performance reliability standards for all mobile telephony service base transceiver station towers located within a commission-designated Tier 2 or Tier 3 High Fire Threat District. Those standards shall do both of the following:
(1) Establish a minimum operating life for backup power systems of no less than 48 hours.
(2) Establish means to warn a customer when the backup power system is low or when the transceiver system can no longer be supported by the backup power system.
(b) In developing and implementing any standards pursuant to subdivision (a), the commission shall consider current best practices and technical feasibility for establishing backup power system requirements.
(c) The commission shall collect data necessary to identify the mobile telephony service base transceiver station infrastructure that shall be subject to the performance reliability standards adopted pursuant to subdivision (a).
(d) The commission may require a mobile telephony services provider to collect and forward to the commission any relevant information that may be useful to the commission’s development or implementation of performance reliability standards pursuant to this section.

SEC. 2.

 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.
SECTION 1.Section 2146 of the Elections Code is amended to read:
2146.

(a)The Secretary of State shall annually provide every high school, community college, and California State University and University of California campus with voter registration forms. The Secretary of State shall provide additional forms to a school, free of charge, within 30 days of receiving a request for additional forms.

(b)The Secretary of State shall provide a written notice with each registration form describing eligibility requirements and informing each student that they may return the completed form in person or by mail to the elections official of the county in which the student resides or to the Secretary of State.

(c)(1)(A)Every community college and California State University campus that operates an automated class registration system on or before January 1, 2008, shall, through an automated program, in coordination with the Secretary of State, permit students, during the class registration process, to apply to register to vote online by submitting an affidavit of voter registration electronically on the internet website of the Secretary of State.

(B)A community college or California State University campus that does not operate an automated class registration system on or before January 1, 2008, shall, within two years of implementing an automated class registration system, through an automated program in coordination with the Secretary of State, permit students, during the class registration process, to apply to register to vote online by submitting an affidavit of voter registration electronically on the internet website of the Secretary of State.

(2)As soon as a community college or California State University or University of California campus complies with paragraph (1), the Secretary of State may continue, at their discretion, to provide the campus with voter registration forms unless the campus requests not to receive the voter registration forms.

(3)The University of California is encouraged to comply with this subdivision.

(d)The Secretary of State shall submit to the Legislature, on or before January 1 of each year, a report on its student voter registration efforts pursuant to this article. This report shall include estimates as to how many voter registration forms were sent to high schools, community colleges, and California State University and University of California campuses; how many voter registration forms were submitted; and how many electronic affidavits of voter registration were submitted by students pursuant to subdivision (c).

(e)It is the intent of the Legislature that every eligible high school and college student receive a meaningful opportunity to apply to register to vote. It is also the intent of the Legislature that every school do all in its power to ensure that students are provided the opportunity and means to apply to register to vote. This may include providing voter registration forms at the start of the school year, including voter registration forms with orientation materials; placing voter registration forms at central locations, including voter registration forms with graduation materials; or providing hyperlinks to, and the internet website address of, the Secretary of State’s electronic voter registration system in notices sent by electronic mail to students and placed on the internet website of the high school, college, or university.