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H.R. 6424: 9-1-1 Fee Integrity Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 18, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6424

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 18, 2018

(for himself, Ms. Eshoo, and Mr. Lance) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce

A BILL

To amend the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999, to clarify acceptable 9–1–1 obligations or expenditures, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the 9–1–1 Fee Integrity Act.

2.

Clarifying acceptable 9–1–1 obligations or expenditures

Section 6(f) of the Wireless Communications and Public Safety Act of 1999 (47 U.S.C. 615a–1(f)) is amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1), by striking as specified in the provision of State or local law adopting the fee or charge and inserting consistent with acceptable obligations or expenditures in the final rules issued pursuant to paragraph (3); and

(2)

after paragraph (2), by inserting the following new paragraph:

(3)

Acceptable obligation or expenditure

(A)

Regulations required

In order to prevent diversion of 9–1–1 taxes, fees, or charges, the Commission shall, within 180 days after date of the enactment of this paragraph, issue final rules designating purposes and functions that are acceptable obligations or expenditures by any State or taxing jurisdiction authorized to impose a tax, fee, or charge.

(B)

Purposes and functions

The purposes and functions described in subparagraph (A) include only those used solely for the support and implementation of a State or taxing jurisdiction 9–1–1 services and operational expenses of public safety answering points within a State or taxing jurisdiction.

(C)

Consultation required

The Commission shall consult with public safety organizations and State, local, and Tribal governments as part of any proceeding under this paragraph.

(D)

Definitions

In this paragraph:

(i)

9–1–1 services; E9–1–1 services; next generation 9–1–1 services

The terms 9–1–1 services, E9–1–1 services, and Next Generation 9–1–1 services have the meaning given those terms in section 158(e) of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Organization Act (47 U.S.C. 942(e)).

(ii)

State or taxing jurisdiction

The term State or taxing jurisdiction means a State, political subdivision thereof, Indian Tribe, or village or regional corporation serving a region established pursuant to the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.).

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