OR SB1603 | 2020 | 1st Special Session


Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 11-0)
Status: Passed on July 7 2020 - 100% progression
Action: 2020-07-07 - Governor signed.
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]


Modifies definitions applicable for purposes of universal service surcharge. Modifies definitions applicable for purposes of universal service surcharge. Subjects sale of retail commercial mobile radio services and retail interconnected voice over internet protocol services to universal service surcharge. Reduces rate cap to six percent of sale of services subject to surcharge. Directs Public Utility Commission to transfer up to $5 million per year of moneys deposited in universal service fund to Broadband Fund. Establishes Broadband Fund. Continuously appropriates moneys in Broadband Fund to Oregon Business Development Department to provide grants and loans through, and to administer, program related to broadband. Directs department to adopt program for providing grants and loans by rule. Directs department to report annually to interim committee of Legislative Assembly related to telecommunications on status of Broadband Fund. Sunsets Broadband Fund, transfer of moneys from universal service fund to Broadband Fund and grant program on January 2, 2030. Becomes operative on January 1, 2021. Takes effect on 91st day following adjournment sine die.

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Relating to the universal service fund; and prescribing an effective date.


Roll Calls

2020-06-26 - House - House Third Reading (Y: 38 N: 19 NV: 0 Abs: 3) [PASS]
2020-06-26 - Senate - Senate Third Reading (Y: 16 N: 10 NV: 0 Abs: 4) [PASS]
2020-06-24 - Senate - Senate Committee Do Pass (Y: 8 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2020-06-24 - Senate - Senate Committee Do pass (Y: 8 N: 6 NV: 0 Abs: 0) [PASS]


2020-07-07SenateGovernor signed.
2020-07-07HouseSpeaker signed.
2020-06-30SenatePresident signed.
2020-06-26HouseVote explanation(s) filed by Leif, Moore-Green, Smith DB, Sollman.
2020-06-26HouseRules suspended. Third reading. Carried by Marsh. Passed. Ayes, 38; Nays, 19--Bonham, Boshart Davis, Breese-Iverson, Drazan, Hayden, Helt, Leif, Lewis, Moore-Green, Nearman, Owens, Post, Reschke, Smith DB, Sprenger, Stark, Wallan, Wilson, Zika; Excused, 3--Barker, Barreto, Clem.
2020-06-26HouseRules suspended. Second reading.
2020-06-26HouseRecommendation: Do pass.
2020-06-26HouseReferred to The First Special Session of 2020.
2020-06-26HouseFirst reading. Referred to Speaker's desk.
2020-06-26SenateVote explanation filed by Boquist.
2020-06-26SenateRules suspended. Third reading. Carried by Roblan. Passed. Ayes, 16; Nays, 10--Baertschiger Jr, Beyer, Boquist, Findley, Girod, Heard, Johnson, Knopp, Thatcher, Thomsen; Excused, 4--Boles, Hansell, Linthicum, Olsen.
2020-06-26SenateRules suspended. Second reading.
2020-06-26SenateRecommendation: Do pass.
2020-06-24SenateWork Session held.
2020-06-24SenatePublic Hearing held.
2020-06-24SenateReferred to The First Special Session of 2020.
2020-06-24SenateIntroduction and first reading. Referred to President's desk.

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