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

Public Act 52 of 2014

  1. 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.
    • 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.
  2. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. 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.
  4. Received in the Senate on December 5, 2013.
  5. Passed 31 to 4 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  6. 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.
  7. 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.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  8. Received in the Senate on March 12, 2014.
  9. Passed 33 to 5 in the Senate on March 13, 2014.
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  10. Signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on March 25, 2014.

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