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Senate Bill 0359


Senate Bill 0359

ARCHIVE (2008)

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DIGEST OF SB359 (Updated January 29, 2008 10:46 pm - DI 84)


Enhanced 911 systems. Establishes the 17 member enhanced 911 advisory board (board). Provides that the treasurer of state serves as the chair of the board. Requires the board to develop, maintain, and update an enhanced 911 state plan. Establishes the enhanced 911 system fund (fund). Provides that the board shall administer the fund. Requires the board to impose a monthly enhanced 911 fee (fee) on each standard and prepaid subscriber of voice communications service in Indiana. Provides that for purposes of the fee, "voice communications service" means the transmission, conveyance, or routing of real time, two-way voice communications, regardless of the protocol used. Provides that the amount of the initial fee is $1. Provides that the board may not raise or lower the enhanced 911 fee more than two times in a calendar year. Prohibits a state agency or a political subdivision from imposing any additional fee relating to the provision of enhanced 911 service. Requires a voice communications service provider (provider) to collect the fee: (1) as part of its normal monthly billing process; or (2) at the point of sale, for new prepaid subscribers. Requires a provider to remit the fees collected to the board for deposit into the fund not more than 60 days after the end of the calendar month in which the fees are collected. Allows providers to keep 2% of the fee collected as an administrative fee. Requires the board to distribute money from the fund to counties containing an eligible public safety answering point (PSAP). Requires the board to adopt rules to establish a distribution formula that ensures that each eligible county receives a monthly distribution that is not less than a specified base distribution (based on wireline and wireless enhanced 911 fees received by the county during the six month period beginning July 1, 2007, and ending December 31, 2007). Specifies the permissible uses for the funds distributed to an eligible PSAP. Requires the board to commission an audit of each eligible PSAP every two years. Allows a county to establish an emergency telephone notification system (system). Provides that funds distributed to the county by the board may be used to establish and operate the system if the expenses of operating an eligible PSAP in an adequate and efficient manner have been met. Requires a provider to provide to a PSAP the necessary subscriber data to enable the PSAP to implement and operate an enhanced 911 system. Provides that proprietary information submitted to the board or the treasurer of state is confidential. Provides that after January 1, 2012, a county may not contain more than one PSAP. Requires each political subdivision or agency that operates a PSAP in a county containing more than one PSAP to enter, not later than January 1, 2012, into an interlocal agreement with every other political subdivision or agency that operates a PSAP in the same county. Provides that the interlocal agreement must: (1) provide for the staffing and funding obligations of each county, political subdivision, or agency participating in the establishment of a county or regional PSAP; and (2) be approved by the board. Repeals the statutes concerning: (1) the local monthly enhanced emergency telephone system fee; (2) the statewide monthly wireless enhanced 911 fee; and (3) emergency telephone notification systems. Provides for the expiration on January 1, 2012, of provisions that: (1) establish a public safety communications system and computer facilities district in a county having a consolidated city; and (2) allow certain other counties to establish a public safety communications systems district. Specifies that the funds remaining in the wireless emergency telephone system fund on July 1, 2008, are transferred to the enhanced 911 system fund. Allows the board to make grants to the appropriate state agencies for use in upgrading the state's emergency alert system. Specifies that funds remaining in: (1) a county wireless emergency telephone system fund; or (2) a county or municipal wireline emergency telephone system fund; on July 1, 2008, are transferred to the county's new enhanced 911 system fund. Specifies that the funds transferred must be used first to meet any outstanding obligations incurred by the county or municipality in connection with its enhanced 911 system.
    Current Status:
     In Committee - 2nd House
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