Bill related to limiting fees for certain wireless facility applications (SF 3166) introduced in the MN Senate

According to the Senate’s list of newly introduced bills…

Senator Hall introduced–

S.F. No. 3166A bill for an act relating to telecommunications; limiting application fees for certain wireless facility applications; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 462.353, by adding a subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 394.

Referred to the Committee on Energy and Utilities Finance and Policy.

Here’s the proposed text

A bill for an act
relating to telecommunications; limiting application fees for certain wireless facility
applications; amending Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 462.353, by adding a
subdivision; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 394.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

[394.38] FEES; WIRELESS FACILITY.

(a) This section applies to an application to install a new or replacement wireless facility
on (1) a new or existing structure specifically designed to support wireless facilities, or (2)
a water tower, building, or other structure designed primarily for other purposes.

(b) A local government unit must limit an application fee to the actual cost incurred,
including the cost of any third-party consultant used to assist with the application review.
A local government unit is prohibited from imposing an application fee under this section
that exceeds $3,000.

(c) For the purposes of this section, “wireless facility” means equipment at a fixed
location that enables the provision of wireless services between user equipment and a
wireless service network. Wireless facility includes an adjacent facility used to store
equipment necessary to support the wireless facility, but does not include a small wireless
facility as defined in section 237.162.

EFFECTIVE DATE. 

This section is effective the day following final enactment and
applies to an application filed on or after that date.

Sec. 2.

Minnesota Statutes 2016, section 462.353, is amended by adding a subdivision to
read:

Subd. 4b.

Fees; wireless facility. 

(a) This subdivision applies to an application to install
a new or replacement wireless facility on (1) a new or existing structure specifically designed
to support wireless facilities, or (2) a water tower, building, or other structure designed
primarily for other purposes.

(b) A local government unit must limit an application fee to the actual cost incurred,
including the cost of any third-party consultant used to assist with the application review.
A local government unit is prohibited from imposing an application fee under this subdivision
that exceeds $3,000.

(c) For the purposes of this section, “wireless facility” means equipment at a fixed
location that enables the provision of wireless services between user equipment and a
wireless service network. Wireless facility includes an adjacent facility used to store
equipment necessary to support the wireless facility, but does not include a small wireless
facility as defined in section 237.162.

EFFECTIVE DATE. 

This section is effective the day following final enactment and
applies to an application filed on or after that date.

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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