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SB 88 (BR 1003) - P. Hornback, J. Carpenter, J. Higdon, J. Schickel

     AN ACT relating to telecommunications.
     Create a new section of KRS 278.541 to 278.544 to establish an alternative regulation plan for telephone utilities that operate under the price regulation plan in KRS 278.543; eliminate Public Service Commission regulation of terms, conditions, rates, and availability of service, except basic local exchange service; require electing utilities to continue to offer basic local exchange service to existing customers in some exchanges; provide that an electing utility may be relieved of that obligation if there is alternative service available; exempt an electing utility from KRS 278.020(5) and (6), relating to commission approval of change of ownership or control, KRS 278.230(1) and (2), relating to commission access to utility books and records, KRS 278.250, relating to the commission's right to investigate the condition of the utility, and KRS 278.510, relating to commission approval of consolidation with other utilities; amend KRS 278.54611 to remove commission jurisdiction over resolution of consumer complaints and end commission authority to develop standards for eligible telecommunications carriers; provide that the commission may ensure that carriers comply with FCC rules; amend KRS 278.5462 to end commission jurisdiction over consumer complaints concerning broadband service.


     SCS - Make technical corrections.
     HFA (1/P, G. Stumbo) - Retain original provisions and create a new section of KRS Chapter 164 to establish the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Program to include the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Scholarship and the Kentucky Coal County College Completion Student Services Grant; create the Kentucky Coal County District to include coal-producing counties as defined in KRS 42.4592(1)(c); direct the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority to administer the program; define student and institutional eligibility for scholarships and grants; define the maximum grant amounts; require the authority to make an annual report on the program and a program evaluation every four years; fund the program with amounts appropriated from coal severance tax receipts in the biennial budget; APPROPRIATION.
     HFA (2/Title, G. Stumbo) - Make title amendment.

     Feb 5-introduced in Senate
     Feb 7-to Economic Development, Tourism & Labor (S)
     Feb 12-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar with Committee Substitute
     Feb 13-2nd reading, to Rules; posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Thursday, February 14, 2013
     Feb 14-3rd reading, passed 24-13 with Committee Substitute
     Feb 15-received in House
     Feb 19-to Tourism Development & Energy (H)
     Mar 11-floor amendments (1) and (2-title) filed ; taken from Tourism Development & Energy (H); 1st reading; returned to Tourism Development & Energy (H); posting waived
     Mar 12-taken from Tourism Development & Energy (H); 2nd reading; returned to Tourism Development & Energy (H)

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