CSSB 100(FIN): "An Act relating to enhanced 911 systems and enhanced 911 surcharges imposed by a municipality, public municipal corporation, or village."
00 CS FOR SENATE BILL NO. 100(FIN) 01 "An Act relating to enhanced 911 systems and enhanced 911 surcharges imposed by a 02 municipality, public municipal corporation, or village." 03 BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF ALASKA: 04 * Section 1. AS 29.10.200(37) is amended to read: 05 (37) AS 29.35.131 - 29.35.137 [AS 29.35.131] (enhanced 911 system); 06 * Sec. 2. AS 29.35.131(a) is amended to read: 07 (a) A municipality may, by resolution or ordinance, elect to provide an 08 enhanced 911 system at public safety answering points and [,] may purchase or lease 09 the enhanced 911 equipment or service required to establish or maintain an enhanced 10 911 system at public safety answering points from a local exchange telephone 11 company or other qualified vendor. The municipality [, AND] may impose an 12 enhanced 911 surcharge [, IN AN AMOUNT TO BE DETERMINED BY THE 13 MUNICIPALITY, ON ALL LOCAL EXCHANGE ACCESS LINES THAT 14 PROVIDE TELEPHONE SERVICE TO WIRELINE TELEPHONES IN THE AREA
01 TO BE SERVED BY THE ENHANCED 911 SYSTEM. A MUNICIPALITY THAT 02 PROVIDES SERVICES UNDER AN ENHANCED 911 SYSTEM MAY ALSO BY 03 RESOLUTION OR ORDINANCE IMPOSE AN ENHANCED 911 SURCHARGE 04 ON EACH WIRELESS TELEPHONE NUMBER THAT IS BILLED TO AN 05 ADDRESS] within the enhanced 911 service area. An [FOR A MUNICIPALITY 06 WITH A POPULATION OF 100,000 OR MORE, AN ENHANCED 911 07 SURCHARGE MAY NOT EXCEED 50 CENTS PER MONTH FOR EACH 08 WIRELESS TELEPHONE NUMBER OR 50 CENTS PER MONTH FOR EACH 09 LOCAL EXCHANGE ACCESS LINE FOR WIRELINE TELEPHONES. FOR A 10 MUNICIPALITY WITH FEWER THAN 100,000 PEOPLE, AN] enhanced 911 11 surcharge may not exceed $1.50 [75 CENTS] per month for each wireless telephone 12 number and $1.50 [OR 75 CENTS] per month for each local exchange access line for 13 wireline telephones. The maximum surcharge amount of $1.50 provided for in 14 this subsection may be increased above that level if the surcharge amount is 15 approved by the voters of the enhanced 911 service area. The amount of 16 surcharge imposed for each wireless telephone number must equal the amount 17 imposed for each local exchange access line for a wireline telephone. An enhanced 18 911 service area may be all of a city, all of a unified municipality, or all or part of the 19 area within a borough and may include the extraterritorial jurisdiction of a 20 municipality in accordance with AS 29.35.020. The governing body of a municipality 21 shall review an enhanced 911 surcharge annually to determine whether the current 22 level of the surcharge is adequate, excessive, or insufficient to meet anticipated 23 enhanced 911 system needs. When a municipality imposes an enhanced 911 24 surcharge or the amount of the surcharge is changed, the municipality shall 25 notify in writing the telephone customers subject to the surcharge and provide an 26 explanation of what the surcharge will be used for [THE MUNICIPALITY MAY 27 ONLY USE THE ENHANCED 911 SURCHARGE FOR THE ENHANCED 911 28 SYSTEM]. 29 * Sec. 3. AS 29.35.131 is amended by adding new sections to read: 30 (i) A municipality may only use the enhanced 911 surcharge revenue for those 31 costs of the enhanced 911 system that are authorized in this subsection. The surcharge
01 revenue may not be used for any capital or operational costs for emergency responses 02 that occur after the call is dispatched to the emergency responder. The surcharge 03 revenue may not be used for constructing buildings, leasing buildings, maintaining 04 buildings, or renovating buildings, except for the modification of an existing building 05 to the extent that is necessary to maintain the security and environmental integrity of 06 the public safety answering point and equipment rooms. The surcharge revenue may 07 be used for the following costs to the extent the costs are directly attributable to the 08 establishment, maintenance, and operation of an enhanced 911 system: 09 (1) the acquisition, implementation, and maintenance of public safety 10 answering point equipment and 911 service features; 11 (2) the acquisition, installation, and maintenance of other equipment, 12 including call answering equipment, call transfer equipment, automatic number 13 identification controllers and displays, automatic location identification controllers and 14 displays, station instruments, 911 telecommunications systems, teleprinters, logging 15 recorders, instant playback recorders, telephone devices for the deaf, public safety 16 answering point backup power systems, consoles, automatic call distributors, and 17 hardware and software interfaces for computer-aided dispatch systems; 18 (3) the salaries and associated expenses for 911 call takers for that 19 portion of time spent taking and transferring 911 calls; 20 (4) training costs for public safety answering point call takers in the 21 proper methods and techniques used in taking and transferring 911 calls; 22 (5) expenses required to develop and maintain all information 23 necessary to properly inform call takers as to location address, type of emergency, and 24 other information directly relevant to the 911 call-taking and transferring function, 25 including automatic location identification and automatic number identification 26 databases. 27 (j) If a city in an enhanced 911 service area established by a borough incurs 28 costs described under (i) of this section for the enhanced 911 system, before the 29 borough may use revenue from an enhanced 911 surcharge, the borough and city must 30 execute an agreement addressing the duties and responsibilities of each for the 31 enhanced 911 system and establishing priorities for the use of the surcharge revenue.
01 If the Department of Public Safety also provides services as part of the enhanced 911 02 system or uses the enhanced 911 system in that enhanced 911 service area, the 03 department must be a party to the agreement. 04 (k) For purposes of (i) of this section, "call taker" means a person employed in 05 a primary or secondary answering point whose duties include the initial answering of 06 911 or enhanced 911 calls and routing the calls to the agency or dispatch center 07 responsible for dispatching appropriate emergency services and a person in a primary 08 or secondary answering point whose duties include receiving a 911 or enhanced 911 09 call either directly or routed from another answering point and dispatching appropriate 10 emergency services in response to the call; the term "call taker" is synonymous with 11 the term "dispatcher" in that it is inclusive of the functions of both answering the 911 12 or enhanced 911 calls and dispatching emergency services in response to the calls. 13 * Sec. 4. AS 29.35 is amended by adding a new section to read: 14 Sec. 29.35.134. Multi-line telecommunications systems. A municipality 15 may by ordinance elect to require an enhanced 911 system from a multi-line 16 telecommunications system. A multi-line telecommunications system operator must 17 arrange to update the automatic location identification database with an appropriate 18 master street address guide valid address and callback number for each multi-line 19 telecommunications system telephone, so that the location information specifies the 20 emergency response location of the caller. A multi-line telecommunications system 21 operator is considered to be in compliance with this section when the multi-line 22 telecommunications system complies with E911 generally accepted industry standards 23 as defined by the Regulatory Commission of Alaska. For purposes of this section, 24 (1) "call back number" means a number used by the public safety 25 answering point to re-contact the location from which a 911 call is placed; the number 26 may or may not be the number of the station used to originate the 911 call; 27 (2) "emergency response location" means the location to which a 911 28 emergency response team may be dispatched that is specific enough to provide a 29 reasonable opportunity for the emergency response team to quickly locate a caller 30 anywhere within it; 31 (3) "master street address guide" means a database of formatted street
01 names, numerical addresses or address ranges, and other parameters defining valid 02 locations and emergency services zones, and their associated emergency services 03 numbers, that enables the proper routing and response to 911 calls; 04 (4) "multi-line telephone system" means a system made up of common 05 control units, telephone sets, and control hardware and software, including network 06 and premises based systems such as Centrex and PBX, Hybrid, and Key Telephone 07 Systems, as classified by the Federal Communications Commission under Part 68 08 Requirements, and including systems owned or leased by governmental agencies or 09 nonprofit entities, as well as for profit entities; 10 (5) "multi-line telephone system operator" means an entity that owns, 11 leases, or rents from a third party, and operates a multi-line telephone system through 12 which a caller may place a 911 call through a public switched network. 13 * Sec. 5. AS 29.35 is amended by adding a new section to read: 14 Sec. 29.35.138. Application. AS 29.35.131 - 29.35.137 apply to home rule 15 and general law municipalities. 16 * Sec. 6. AS 29.35.131(h) is repealed.