90th General Assembly
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PUB UTIL-CON FRD NO SLAM-CRAM                                              

Synopsis of Bill as introduced:
        Amends the Public Utilities Act.   Establishes  conditions  under      
   which  a change in telecommunications services provided or a change in      
   the provider of services may be made with  respect  to  a  subscriber.      
   Amends  the  Consumer  Fraud  and  Deceptive Business Practices Act to      
   prohibit the use of sweepstakes or contests to fraudulently  induce  a      
   person  to change telecommunications services or providers.  Effective      
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                
        Replaces the title and everything after the enacting clause  with      
   similar  provisions.   Authorizes the Commerce Commission to require a      
   violating telecommunications carrier to refund all  charges  and  fees      
   collected  from  a  subscriber  not only those in excess of the amount      
   that would have been  charged  by  the  subscriber's  chosen  carrier.      
   Provides  for  a mediation process.   Prohibits the use of sweepstakes      
   boxes to solicit authority to provide  telecommunications  or  related      
   services.    Establishes  disclosure  requirements for solicitation by      
   means of other promotions or sweepstakes.  Effective immediately.           
        SENATE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                
        Establishes a  procedure  for  a  telecommunications  carrier  to      
   obtain  verification of changes in service or the addition of services      
   from an independent third party.                                            
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 1.                                                 
          Adds reference to:                                                   
          815 ILCS 505/2DD                                                     
        Changes the time within which written notice of changes  must  be      
   given  to  subscribers  to  10  days,  rather  than  6 days, after the      
   requesting  carrier  is  on  notice  that  the  change  has  occurred.      
   Requires compliance with Federal Communications Commission rules  with      
   respect to service changes initiated through inbound telemarketing.         
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 1 (Ill. Commerce Commission)                       
          No fiscal impact to ICC.                                             
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 2 (Ill. Commerce Commission)                       
          No fiscal impact to ICC.                                             
          FISCAL NOTE, H-AM 3 (Ill. Commerce Commission)                       
          No fiscal impact to ICC.                                             
          STATE MANDATES ACT FISCAL NOTE, H-AMS 1 & 2                          
          Fails to create a State mandate.                                     
          HOME RULE NOTE, H-AMS 1 & 2                                          
          Contains no language preempting home rule authority.                 
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 2.                                                 
        Provides that  certain  remedial  notices  by  telecommunications      
   carriers  made  pursuant  to Commission order may be made in the first      
   correspondence by the carrier to the customer or  in  the  first  bill      
   sent to the customer after the order, whichever is mailed first.            
        HOUSE AMENDMENT NO. 3.                                                 
        Establishes a mechanism for  determining  the  period  for  which      
   refunds are due with respect to unauthorized changes in service.            
Last action on Bill: PUBLIC ACT.............................. 90-0610

   Last action date: 98-07-01

           Location: Senate

 Amendments to Bill: AMENDMENTS ADOPTED: HOUSE -   3     SENATE -   2


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