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 Bill Status of HB0463  102nd General Assembly


Short Description:  WETSA-COMPLIANCE PENALTIES

House Sponsors
Rep. James D. Brosnahan - Monique D. Davis - Mike Boland - Kevin A. McCarthy - Richard T. Bradley and Donald L. Moffitt

Senate Sponsors
(Sen. Jeffrey M. Schoenberg)

Last Action
DateChamber Action
  8/13/2007HousePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 95-0063

Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
50 ILCS 751/5
50 ILCS 751/10
50 ILCS 751/17
50 ILCS 751/35
50 ILCS 751/70


Synopsis As Introduced
Amends the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act. Provides for and enforces the collection of surcharge fees of wireless telephone service subscribers for the establishment and implementation of a cohesive statewide emergency telephone number for wireless telephone users. Establishes a penalty for wireless carriers who fail to provide zip code information of customers. Requires wireless carriers to remit the surcharge for all subscribers if a method of surcharge collection from subscribers is not implemented. Provides that the Commission may impose penalties on wireless carriers who do not remit the surcharge before midnight on the last day of the third calendar month after the closing date of the remit period. Provides that the Illinois Commerce Commission may collect delinquent amounts from wireless carriers by legal action or other methods permitted under State law. Provides that the Executive Director, or his or her designee, may excuse penalties determined to be unjust. Provides a manner by which wireless carriers may recover costs from the Wireless Carrier Reimbursement Fund. Requires the Illinois Commerce Commission to annually review the balance in the Wireless Carrier Reimbursement Fund. Requires the Comptroller to transfer certain excess amounts into the Wireless Services Emergency Fund. Provides a manner by which funds transferred into the Wireless Services Emergency Fund are to be distributed. Effective immediately.

House Committee Amendment No. 1
Adds language that provides that a remit period does not include a wireless carrier that provides zip code information based upon the addresses associated with its customers' points of purchase, customers' billing addresses, or locations associated with mobile telephone numbers. Adds language that provides that any prepaid wireless carrier that fails to provide zip code information based upon the addresses associated with its customers' points of purchase, customers' billing addresses, or locations associated with mobile telephone numbers shall be subject to penalties. Changes the repeal date of the Wireless Emergency Telephone Safety Act to April 1, 2013.

 Fiscal Note, House Committee Amendment No. 1 (Illinois Commerce Commission)
 Commission resources would be impacted by the computer system programming changes necessary to incorporate the penalties and transfer of unused funds. This expense is estimated at a total of $80,000. The penalty provision of this bill would increase revenues to the State by an estimated $60,000 per year and the clarification to include all wireless carriers regardless of ability to bill subscribers would increase revenues by approximately $1.2 million per year. The proposal to extend the sunset protects the State from losing an estimated $67 million per year in wireless surcharges, of which an estimated $45 million will be distributed to 9-1-1 centers throughout the State excluding the City of Chicago.

Actions 
DateChamber Action
  1/29/2007HouseFiled with the Clerk by Rep. James D. Brosnahan
  1/29/2007HouseFirst Reading
  1/29/2007HouseReferred to Rules Committee
  2/7/2007HouseAssigned to Telecommunications Committee
  3/2/2007HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Filed with Clerk by Telecommunications Committee
  3/2/2007HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Adopted in Telecommunications Committee; by Voice Vote
  3/2/2007HouseDo Pass as Amended / Short Debate Telecommunications Committee; 022-000-000
  3/2/2007HousePlaced on Calendar 2nd Reading - Short Debate
  3/2/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Monique D. Davis
  3/8/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Mike Boland
  3/13/2007HouseHouse Committee Amendment No. 1 Fiscal Note Filed as Amended
  3/27/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Kevin A. McCarthy
  3/27/2007HouseAdded Chief Co-Sponsor Rep. Richard T. Bradley
  3/27/2007HouseSecond Reading - Short Debate
  3/27/2007HousePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading - Short Debate
  3/29/2007HouseThird Reading - Short Debate - Passed 115-000-000
  3/29/2007HouseAdded Co-Sponsor Rep. Donald L. Moffitt
  3/29/2007SenateArrive in Senate
  3/29/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of First Reading March 30, 2007
  3/29/2007SenateChief Senate Sponsor Sen. Jeffrey M. Schoenberg
  4/20/2007SenateFirst Reading
  4/20/2007SenateReferred to Rules
  4/25/2007SenateAssigned to Environment and Energy
  5/2/2007SenateHeld in Environment and Energy
  5/10/2007SenateDo Pass Environment and Energy; 012-000-000
  5/10/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 2nd Reading May 15, 2007
  5/15/2007SenateSecond Reading
  5/15/2007SenatePlaced on Calendar Order of 3rd Reading May 16, 2007
  5/16/2007SenateThird Reading - Passed; 058-000-000
  5/16/2007HousePassed Both Houses
  6/14/2007HouseSent to the Governor
  8/13/2007HouseGovernor Approved
  8/13/2007HouseEffective Date August 13, 2007
  8/13/2007HousePublic Act . . . . . . . . . 95-0063

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