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HB21-1201

Transparency Telecommunications Correctional Facilities

Concerning transparency of penal communications service providers in correctional facilities, and, in connection therewith, making an appropriation.
Session:
2021 Regular Session
Subjects:
Crimes, Corrections, & Enforcement
Telecommunications & Information Technology
Bill Summary

The bill requires penal telecommunications communications service providers (providers) who provide penal telecommunications communications services (services) to correctional facilities (facilities) to maintain data and records (data) related to the services provided to those facilities. The bill requires providers to submit the data and a report on the services provided to the public utilities commission (commission) on a quarterly basis. The commission is required to publish the data and report on its website in a format accessible by the public.

The commission shall establish a maximum per-minute rate for in-state debit, prepaid, and collect calls to or from facilities, and shall conduct trial tests to ensure accountability and transparency. Starting on January 1, 2022, rate caps established by the federal communications commission apply to all in-state debit, prepaid, and collect calls to or from a facility.The bill requires providers to include specific language to be displayed prominently on the provider's website concerning the filing of a complaint.

Current law exempts providers and the services provided from oversight by the commission. The bill grants the commission authority over providers and the services provided.

(Note: Italicized words indicate new material added to the original summary; dashes through words indicate deletions from the original summary.)


(Note: This summary applies to the reengrossed version of this bill as introduced in the second house.)

Status

Introduced
Passed
Became Law

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