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Substitute House Bill No. 5408

Public Act No. 02-8

AN ACT CONCERNING THE FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED BY PUBLIC SERVICE COMPANIES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 16-49e of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) As used in this section "identification" means a Social Security number, the number of an identity card issued pursuant to section 1-1h, as amended, the number of a motor vehicle operator's license issued pursuant to section 14-36, [or any other means of identification approved by the Department of Public Utility Control] a valid passport issued by the United States or a foreign government, a resident alien card or an alien registration card issued by the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, any other valid forms of identification issued by the federal government or a state or municipal government, or any other means of identification approved by the Department of Public Utility Control. A public service company, as defined in section 16-1, as amended, may request a person opening an account with the company to provide the company with two forms of identification, one of which contains a picture of the person, at the time of opening the account. If a person opening an account fails to provide the requested identification, the public service company shall open an account for such person and allow fifteen days for such person to provide the company with identification. If such person fails to provide the required identification within fifteen days, the public service company may terminate service to such person.

(b) A telecommunications company that is certified to provide telecommunications service pursuant to section 16-247g may not require a prospective residential customer to provide identification as a condition of providing telecommunications service, except to the extent that a public service company is permitted pursuant to subsection (a) of this section.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to preclude a company from accepting additional forms of identification, provided the company accepts the forms of identification specified in subsection (a) of this section.

Approved April 22, 2002