HB 262 (BR 1018) - S. Westrom, De. Butler, J. Gray, F. Nesler, R. Palumbo, T. Riner
AN ACT relating to accessible electronic information for the disabled, and making an appropriation therefor.
Create new sections of KRS Chapter 163 to provide legislative findings and declarations; define "accessible electronic information service" and "blind and disabled persons"; create the Accessible Electronic Information Service Program and provide the scope of the program; require the program to be administered by a nonprofit entity selected in a competitive bidding process; create a new section of KRS Chapter 278 to direct the Public Service Commission to require all local exchange telecommunications companies to impose periodic surcharges on bills rendered to all local exchange telecommunications company providers; names short title of Act to be "Accessible Electronic Information Act"; appropriation.
HB 262 - AMENDMENTS
HCS - Retain original provisions, except clarify that the Public Service Commission shall require all local exchange telecommunications companies to impose periodic surcharges on bills rendered to all local exchange telecommunications company customers; delete provision that requires excess funds to be transmitted to the Department for the Blind.
HFA (1, S. Westrom) - Retain original provisions except allow the Accessible Electronic Information Service Program to provide intrastate access for eligible persons to read newspapers using a touch-tone telephone, rather than daily newspapers.
HFA (2, S. Westrom) - Retain original provisions except incorporate the use of radio, telecommunications, and voice-based information systems in the legislative findings and declarations as a cost-efficient information delivery system for this state; allow the Department for the Blind to select the nonprofit entity or entities that participate in the accessible electronic information service program and require the department to administer the funding to participating entities; provide that the program include intrastate access to audio editions or newspapers, magazines, newsletters, schedules, announcements, and other information; require the Department for the Blind to review any new technologies that may expand audio communication availability to consumers; require the Public Service Commission, the Department for the Blind, and the entity or entities that participate in the program to consult on the annual surcharge to consumers.
Jan 13-introduced in House
Jan 14-to Health and Welfare (H)
Feb 17-posted in committee
Feb 19-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
Feb 20-2nd reading, to Rules; floor amendment (1) filed to Committee Substitute
Feb 23-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, February 24, 2004
Mar 3-floor amendment (2) filed to Committee Substitute
Mar 5-3rd reading, passed 73-3 with Committee Substitute, floor amendment (2)
Mar 8-received in Senate
Mar 11-to Agriculture and Natural Resources (S)
Mar 23-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Consent Calendar
Mar 24-2nd reading, to Rules
Mar 25-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Friday, March 26, 2004
Mar 26-3rd reading, passed 34-0
Mar 29-received in House; enrolled, signed by each presiding officer; delivered to Governor
Apr 9-line items vetoed
Apr 12-veto message received in House
Apr 13-veto overriden; bill passed 53-30; received in Senate; bill minus line item vetoed provisions became law without Governor's signature (Acts ch. 129)