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Revenue and Taxation Code - RTC

DIVISION 2. OTHER TAXES [6001 - 61045]

  ( Heading of Division 2 amended by Stats. 1968, Ch. 279. )

PART 20. EMERGENCY TELEPHONE USERS SURCHARGE ACT [41001 - 41176]

  ( Heading of Part 20 amended by Stats. 2017, Ch. 561, Sec. 241. )

CHAPTER 2. The Surcharge [41020 - 41041]

  ( Chapter 2 added by Stats. 1976, Ch. 443. )

ARTICLE 2. Adjustment of Surcharge Amount [41030 - 41032]
  ( Heading of Article 2 amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 54, Sec. 19. )

41030.
  

(a) The Office of Emergency Services shall determine annually, on or before October 1, to be effective on January 1 of the following year, a surcharge amount pursuant to subdivision (b) that it estimates will produce sufficient revenue to fund the current fiscal year’s 911 costs.

(b) For determinations made that are applicable to the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2020, and each calendar year thereafter, the surcharge amount shall be determined annually by dividing the costs, including incremental costs, the Office of Emergency Services estimates for the current fiscal year of 911 costs approved pursuant to Article 6 (commencing with Section 53100) of Chapter 1 of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code, less the available balance in the State Emergency Telephone Number Account in the General Fund, by its estimate of the number of access lines to which the surcharge will apply per month for the period of January 1 to December 31, inclusive, of the next succeeding calendar year, but in no event shall the surcharge amount in any month be greater than eighty cents ($0.80) per access line per month.

(c) When determining the surcharge amount pursuant to this section, the office shall include the costs it expects to incur to plan, test, implement, and operate Next Generation 911 technology and services, including text to 911 service, and alerts and warnings, consistent with the plan and timeline required by Section 53121 of the Government Code.

(d) (1) Service suppliers shall report the total number of access lines to the Office of Emergency Services, on or before August 1, for the previous period of January 1 to December 31, inclusive.

(2) The total number of access lines required to be reported in paragraph (1) shall include all lines from the categories of wireline communication service line, wireless communication service line, prepaid mobile telephony service line, and VoIP service line. The number of access line figures shall be reported individually for these categories.

(e) The office shall perform a validation of the number of access lines using subscription data or other comparable data collected by appropriate federal or state agencies. This subscription data or other comparable data shall be used to validate the access line data required to be reported by service suppliers in subdivision (d).

(f) (1) The office shall notify the department of the surcharge amount imposed under this part, determined pursuant to this section on or before October 1 of each year.

(2) The surcharge imposed on the purchase of prepaid mobile telephony services shall be equal to the amount set forth in subdivision (b) for each retail transaction in this state.

(g) (1) At least 30 days prior to determining the surcharge pursuant to subdivision (a), the Office of Emergency Services shall prepare a summary of the calculation of the proposed surcharge and make it available to the public, the Legislature, the 911 Advisory Board, and on its internet website.

(2) For determinations made on or before October 1, 2019, the summary shall contain all of the following:

(A) The prior year revenues to fund 911 costs, including, but not limited to, revenues from prepaid service.

(B) Projected expenses and revenues from all sources, including, but not limited to, prepaid service to fund 911 costs.

(C) The rationale for adjustment to the surcharge determined pursuant to subdivision (b), including, but not limited to, all impacts from the surcharge collected pursuant to Part 21 (commencing with Section 42001).

(h) For purposes of this section, for the determination made by the office on or before October 1, 2019, that is applicable for the calendar year beginning on January 1, 2020, and ending on December 31, 2020, the following definitions shall apply:

(1) “Service supplier” shall mean a person supplying an access line to a service user in this state.

(2) “Service user” means any person that subscribes for the right to utilize an access line in this state who is required to pay a surcharge under the provisions of this part.

(Repealed and added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 54, Sec. 22. (SB 96) Effective July 1, 2019.)

41031.
  

The Office of Emergency Services shall make its determination of the surcharge amount each year no later than October 1 and shall notify the department of the new amount, which shall be fixed by the department to be effective with respect to access lines on or after January 1 of the next succeeding calendar year.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 54, Sec. 23. (SB 96) Effective July 1, 2019.)

41032.
  

Immediately upon notification by the Office of Emergency Services and fixing the surcharge amount, the department shall each year no later than November 15 publish in its minutes the new amount, and it shall notify every service supplier registered with it of the new amount by a means, or means determined by the department, that may include, but is not limited to, mail, electronic mail, or internet website postings.

(Amended by Stats. 2019, Ch. 54, Sec. 24. (SB 96) Effective July 1, 2019.)

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