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Chapter 209

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  209.253.  Statewide dual-party relay system, establishment by PSC — advisory assistive technology council to administer — rulemaking authority. — 1.  The commission shall provide a statewide dual-party system, using third-party intervention to connect deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired persons and offices of organizations representing the deaf, hearing-impaired and speech-impaired with telecommunication devices for the deaf (TDDs) and the telephone system, making available reasonable access to telephone service to eligible subscribers.

  2.  The Missouri assistive technology advisory council shall provide a statewide telecommunications equipment distribution program making available reasonable access to basic telecommunications service for eligible subscribers who are unable to use traditional telecommunications equipment due to disability.

  3.  The program administrator of the statewide telecommunications equipment distribution program shall:

  (1)  Provide consumer support and outreach;

  (2)  Develop administrative procedures to assure an appropriate match between an individual with a disability and adaptive telecommunications equipment;

  (3)  Provide a full range of adaptive telecommunications equipment to meet the needs of individuals with all types of disabilities;

  (4)  Procure and distribute adaptive telecommunications equipment in the most cost-effective manner possible; and

  (5)  Expend no less than ten percent of total expenditures for consumer support and outreach and no more than twenty percent of total expenditures for program administration in any fiscal year.

  4.  Missouri public or nonpublic organizations shall be used to deliver consumer support and outreach and administrative services in all contracts and subcontracts for a statewide telecommunications equipment distribution program.

  5.  The Missouri assistive technology advisory council shall be the program administrator for the statewide telecommunications equipment distribution program.

  6.  The Missouri assistive technology advisory council may promulgate rules necessary to implement and administer the telecommunications equipment distribution program, but no rule or portion of a rule promulgated pursuant to the authority of this section shall become effective unless it has been promulgated pursuant to chapter 536.

  7.  The Missouri assistive technology advisory council may enter into contracts as necessary to carry out the telecommunications equipment distribution program, including but not limited to contracts with disability organizations.

  8.  Nothing in sections 209.251 to 209.259 shall be construed to require the state to purchase, install or maintain equipment on an eligible subscriber's premises which will enable the eligible subscriber to participate in the dual-party relay system.

  9.  Nothing in sections 209.251 to 209.259 shall be construed to require the state to provide adaptive telecommunications equipment at no cost to all eligible subscribers.  The Missouri assistive technology advisory council shall adopt procedures to limit eligibility based on financial means, existing access to adaptive telecommunications equipment, prior usage of the equipment distribution program, and other factors deemed appropriate by the program administrator.  The scope of the program shall be limited to reasonable access to basic telecommunications as defined by the program administrator, subject to appropriations.

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(L. 1990 H.B. 1132 § 2 merged with H.B. 1315 § 2, A.L. 1996 S.B. 525, A.L. 2000 S.B. 721)


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