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  209.259.  Review of surcharge and deduction percentage — recommendation procedures — surcharge adjusted when — excess funds, effective. — 1.  From the date of implementing the deaf relay service and equipment distribution fund surcharge, the commission shall review such surcharge no less frequently than every two years but no more than annually and shall order changes in the amount of the surcharge as necessary to assure available funds for the provision of the programs established in section 209.253.

  2.  The Missouri assistive technology advisory council shall annually provide the department with information on actual expenditures for the equipment distribution program along with projections for future need to assist in surcharge review.  On August 28, 2000, the department shall make its initial recommendation to the commission regarding the amount of the surcharge established in section 209.255 necessary for funding of the equipment distribution program.  Thereafter, the department may annually make a recommendation to the commission regarding the amount of the surcharge for that program.  The commission shall, based on the department's recommendation, issue an order revising the surcharge established in section 209.255 as necessary to fund the equipment distribution program.  The department's recommendation shall be based on the estimated number of access lines and anticipated budget for the coming fiscal year.  The amount of the surcharge recommended by the department shall be sufficient to recover the annual costs of implementing and maintaining the equipment distribution program.

  3.  Concurrent with the review of the surcharge, the commission shall review the percentage deducted and retained by the local exchange telephone company provided in section 209.257 and if necessary shall order adjustments to the percentage to assure a just and reasonable compensation to the local exchange telephone company.  Where the review of the surcharge determines that excess funds are available, the commission may order the suspension of the deaf relay service and equipment distribution program fund surcharge for a period which the commission deems appropriate.

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(L. 1990 H.B. 1132 § 3 subsec. 4 merged with H.B. 1315 § 3 subsec. 4, A.L. 1996 S.B. 525, A.L. 2000 S.B. 721)


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