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2013 Senate Bill 636: Facilitate "land line" phone service transition to cell phones

Public Act 52 of 2014

Introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R) on October 22, 2013 To streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Energy and Technology Committee on October 22, 2013
Reported in the Senate on December 4, 2013 With the recommendation that the substitute (S-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered in the Senate on December 5, 2013
The substitute passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 5, 2013
Passed 32 to 3 in the Senate on December 5, 2013 To streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016. The bill authorizes appeal procedures for individual customers for whom the replacement service does not work well.
Moved to reconsider by Sen. Phil Pavlov (R) on December 5, 2013 The vote by which the bill was passed.
The motion passed by voice vote in the Senate on December 5, 2013
Received in the Senate on December 5, 2013
Passed 31 to 4 in the Senate on December 5, 2013 (same description)
To streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016. The bill authorizes appeal procedures for individual customers for whom the replacement service does not work well.
Received in the House on December 5, 2013
Referred to the House Energy and Technology Committee on December 5, 2013
Reported in the House on December 11, 2013 With the recommendation that the following amendment be adopted and that the bill then pass.
Substitute offered by Rep. Aric Nesbitt (R) on March 11, 2014 To replace the previous version of the bill with one that gives somewhat more authority to the stare Public Service Commission to determine whether alternative service exists for a current landline customer, which is a condition of ending the landline service.
The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on March 11, 2014
Amendment offered by Rep. Matt Lori (R) on March 11, 2014 To clarify that a land-line provider must meet the conditions for discontinuing service specified in Federal Communications Commission rules.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on March 11, 2014
Passed 71 to 39 in the House on March 11, 2014 To streamline regulations on “landline” telephone service providers so as to facilitate transitioning customers to a wireless (cell phone or VOIP) system, and allow phone companies to discontinue landline service after 2016. The bill authorizes appeal procedures requiring a stare investigation for individual customers who believe no equivalent replacement service is available.
Received in the Senate on March 12, 2014
Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on March 13, 2014
Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 25, 2014

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