SB 594
Modifies provisions relating to utility uses and service
LR Number:
Last Action:
5/18/2012 - H Calendar S Bills for Third Reading w/HCS
Journal Page:
HCS SB 594
Calendar Position:
Effective Date:
August 28, 2012
House Handler:

Current Bill Summary

HCS/SB 594 - This act modifies provisions pertaining to utilities.


This act allows an applicant for a salvage dealer license to list a wireless telephone number as the means for the public to contact the place of business.

This section is identical to HB 1691 (2012).


The act requires any telecommunications or cell phone service provider to provide call location information to law enforcement if law enforcement makes such a request when responding to an emergency that involves potential death or serious injury and the call location information is needed immediately. No cause of action may be brought in any court of law against a telecommunications or cell phone service provider, or their employees or agents, for providing the information required in the act. The act does not prohibit telecommunications or cell phone service providers from developing their own protocols for voluntary disclosure of call location information.

This section is identical to TAT/HCS/HB 1108 (2012).


The act allows telecommunications providers, broadband service providers, and rural electric cooperatives to enter into written agreements to attach equipment to other telecommunications providers' or rural electric cooperatives' poles for the purpose of deploying electric smart grid or broadband technology. The act does not confer any additional authority or duty to the Public Service Commission to regulate pole attachments. Certain provisions of the act also apply to cable television providers and other transmitters of information not capable of providing broadband service except the laws in effect as of August 28, 2012, shall continue to govern with regard to easements with these entities.

Under the act, a service provider wishing to attach equipment to another provider's pole must give prior notice to the pole owner and the pole owner has 15 business days in which to respond. The 15-day timeframe does not apply when the pole owner is engaged in large-scale emergency repairs or disaster recovery. The pole owner must let the attaching service provider know whether any modifications are necessary to the pole before the attachment can be made, in accordance with applicable safety and reliability codes.

The service provider attaching equipment to another's pole is responsible for any damages caused by the attachment and must pay the reasonable costs of any necessary repairs to ensure the safety and reliability of the pole owner's system is not affected. A pole owner may charge a penalty and retroactive pole attachment fees to anyone who attaches equipment to any of its poles without having given the required prior notice. The penalty amount can be set by the parties involved, or in the case of disagreement, the penalty is 25% of the pole attachment fee for up to 12 months.

Pole owners may charge reasonable fees for attaching equipment to their poles. The fee can be agreed upon by the parties involved but must be set on a per-pole basis and should not exceed the reasonable costs to the pole owner. Existing contracts for pole attachments are not affected by the act but after they expire, any new contract must comply with the act's requirements and the new pole attachment fee may not exceed the old pole attachment fee by more than 10% per year except in certain circumstances when the old fee was determined to be too low.

When the parties cannot agree on a pole attachment fee, they may request mediation. If mediation does not resolve the matter, the pole owner sets the fee and the other party may file a petition in circuit court.

The act provides procedures for a pole owner for collecting past-due pole attachment fees that it believes are owed. If a pole owner prevails in a court action to recover past-due fees, it may be awarded past-due attachment fees, interest and penalties, and reasonable attorney fees.

The act provides that for any easement or right-of-way interest acquired by a pole owner before August 28, 2006, for the location of its poles, the pole owner does not have to get permission or otherwise seek approval from the easement holder for any attachments to the pole, unless the easement or contract specifically requires otherwise. This provision does not apply to cable service providers.

Property owners may seek reasonable compensation for any decrease in the use or value of their property caused by pole attachments. Additionally, property owners may request from a rural electric cooperative pole owner a one-time compensation payment of $500 per mile for the distance the attached line crosses their land. Any such payment must be at least $100 per parcel and is only applicable in certain circumstances as specified in the act.

The act does not limit a property owner's right to compensation for damages as relating to pole attachments under the act.

The act includes a non-severability clause.

This section is similar to HCS/HB 1361 (2012) and SB 891 (2012).

SECTIONS 407.1095 TO 407.1107 - DO-NOT-CALL LIST

Under current law, only landline telephone numbers may be placed on the state Do-Not-Call list. This act allows cell phone numbers to also be placed on the list. Additionally the act prohibits telemarketers from sending a fax, text message, or graphic, video or audio communication to any phone number on the list.

These sections contain provisions similar to provisions in TAT/HCS/HB 1549 (2012); SB 199 (2011), SB 633 (2010), SCS/SBs 65 & 43 (2009), SCS/SBs 840 & 857 (2008), SS/SCS/SBs 49, 65, 210, 251 (2007).