CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2023–2024 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1135


Introduced by Assembly Member Lowenthal

February 15, 2023


An act to repeal and add Section 14627 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1135, as introduced, Lowenthal. State government: toll-free telephone lease lines.
Existing law authorizes a state agency, with the approval of the Department of General Services, to install and operate toll-free telephone lease lines to provide access by the public and local governmental agencies and requires information made available on a toll-free telephone lease line to be accessible by both tone dial and rotary dial telephone.
This bill would repeal this provision.
This bill would require, no later than January 1 of an unspecified year, each state agency to change the telephone numbers that the agency operates from toll-free telephone numbers to non-toll-free telephone numbers. This bill would require each agency to post the new, non-toll-free numbers on its internet website and update all publications issued by the agency with the new non-toll-free number or numbers within 1 year of the change taking place. This bill would allow an agency to maintain a toll-free telephone number if the agency deems it necessary, but the primary telephone number or numbers offered to the public shall be a non-toll-free number or numbers.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 Section 14627 of the Government Code is repealed.
14627.

With the approval of the department, state agencies may install and operate toll-free telephone lease lines to provide access by the public and local governmental agencies. The department shall adopt guidelines for the use of toll-free lease lines by state agencies as are necessary to promote the efficient use thereof. Following approval of the department, the toll-free telephone number shall be published at least once in the California Regulatory Notice Register.

The information which is made available on toll-free lease lines shall be accessible by both tone dial and rotary dial telephones.

SEC. 2.

 Section 14627 is added to the Government Code, to read:

14627.
  (a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision (b), no later than January 1, ____, each state agency shall change all telephone numbers that the agency operates from toll-free telephone numbers to non-toll-free telephone numbers.
(b) An agency may maintain a toll-free telephone number if the agency deems it necessary, but the primary telephone number or numbers offered to the public shall be a non-toll-free number or numbers.
(c) Each agency shall post the new, non-toll-free number or numbers on their internet website and update all publications with the new, non-toll-free number or numbers within one year after the number or numbers are changed.