An Act To Amend the Surcharge for the E-9-1-1 System
Emergency preamble. Whereas, acts and resolves of the Legislature do not become effective until 90 days after adjournment unless enacted as emergencies; and
Whereas, the State's E-9-1-1 service provides significant public safety benefits by enabling the public to dial 9-1-1 in the event of an emergency and speeding up the dispatch of emergency services through automatic caller location information; and
Whereas, the E-9-1-1 system is funded by a special statewide surcharge on telephone lines; and
Whereas, the E-9-1-1 surcharge is established in statute and had been fixed at 50¢ per line per month since 2001; and
Whereas, the surcharge was reduced from 50¢ to 30¢ in 2008; and
Whereas, it is necessary to set the E-9-1-1 surcharge as soon as possible to ensure that the money contributed by telephone ratepayers to fund the E-9-1-1 system is used for that purpose and the surcharge amount going forward is consistent with expenditure needs; and
Whereas, in the judgment of the Legislature, these facts create an emergency within the meaning of the Constitution of Maine and require the following legislation as immediately necessary for the preservation of the public peace, health and safety; now, therefore,
Sec. 1. 25 MRSA §2927, sub-§1-B, as amended by PL 2007, c. 637, §1, is further amended to read:
Sec. 2. Authority for legislation; E-9-1-1 surcharge. The Joint Standing Committee on Utilities and Energy may submit legislation regarding the E-9-1-1 surcharge to the Second Regular Session of the 124th Legislature. Before submitting legislation under this section, the committee shall consider E-9-1-1 surcharge revenue history and projections, including surcharge revenue from prepaid wireless services; E-9-1-1 fund expenditure history and projections; unexpended amounts in the E-9-1-1 fund; any opportunities to reduce expenditures related to the configuration of public safety answering points; and designated uses of the E-9-1-1 fund. The Public Utilities Commission, Emergency Services Communication Bureau shall provide relevant information regarding the E-9-1-1 surcharge and E-9-1-1 fund for the committee’s consideration.
Sec. 3. Appropriations and allocations. The following appropriations and allocations are made.
PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION
Emergency Services Communication Bureau 0994
Initiative: Allocates funds to the Emergency Services Communication Bureau for the E-9-1-1 program.
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS||2009-10||2010-11|
|OTHER SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS TOTAL||$1,286,506||$4,043,303|
Emergency clause. In view of the emergency cited in the preamble, this legislation takes effect July 1, 2009.