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DIGEST OF HB1344 (Updated February 25, 2004 3:30 pm - DI 84)
Telephone 211 dialing code services. Recognizes as state policy the encouragement of the use of the 211 dialing code for public access to human services information and referrals. Prohibits a state human services agency from establishing a telephone line for information or referrals without first: (1) consulting with a 211 service provider in the area to be served by the telephone line about using 211 to provide access to the information or referrals; and (2) notifying the utility regulatory commission (IURC) of the consultation. Prohibits disseminating information about the availability of 211 services except as permitted in a rule or order of the IURC. Provides immunity from civil liability to a 211 service provider for acts and omissions related to the development and provision of 211 services. Establishes the 211 services account in the state general fund and specifies uses of the account. Provides that expenditures from the account are subject to state budget committee review. Requires the IURC to administer the account and report annually to the general assembly on the status of 211 services and funding.