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  H.B. No. 2295
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the administration of the universal service fund.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 56.021, Utilities Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 56.021.  UNIVERSAL SERVICE FUND ESTABLISHED. The
  commission shall adopt and enforce rules requiring local exchange
  companies to establish a universal service fund to:
               (1)  assist telecommunications providers in providing
  basic local telecommunications service at reasonable rates in high
  cost rural areas under two plans:
                     (A)  the Texas High Cost Universal Service Plan
  (16 T.A.C. Section 26.403); and
                     (B)  the Small and Rural Incumbent Local Exchange
  Company Universal Service Plan (16 T.A.C. Section 26.404);
               (2)  reimburse the telecommunications carrier that
  provides the statewide telecommunications relay access service
  under Subchapter D;
               (3)  finance the specialized telecommunications
  assistance program established under Subchapter E;
               (4)  reimburse the department, the Texas Commission for
  the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and the commission for costs incurred
  in implementing this chapter and Chapter 57;
               (5)  reimburse a telecommunications carrier providing
  lifeline service as provided by 47 C.F.R. Part 54, Subpart E, as
  amended;
               (6)  finance the implementation and administration of
  an integrated eligibility process created under Section 17.007 for
  customer service discounts relating to telecommunications
  services, including outreach expenses the commission determines
  are reasonable and necessary;
               (7)  reimburse a designated provider under Subchapter
  F;
               (8)  reimburse a successor utility under Subchapter G;
  and
               (9)  finance the program established under Subchapter
  H.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2295 was passed by the House on May 5,
  2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 146, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2295 was passed by the Senate on May
  20, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor