2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Committee Approved)

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Telecommunications Relay Services (language only)

Item 282 #1h

Item 282 #1h

Health and Human Resources
Deaf and Hard-Of-Hearing, Department for the

Page 233, after line 12, insert:
"D.  Pursuant to § 51.5-115, Code of Virginia, the Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing, with assistance from the Virginia Information Technologies Agencies, shall include in any request for proposal (RFP) for the provision of basic telecommunications relay services a preferential consideration for locating a relay center in an economically distressed area of the Commonwealth.  A secondary consideration shall be given to proposals which include an in-state call center.  Any preference should not cause the contract price to increase more than cost of the contract in existence during fiscal year 2014.”

(This amendment adds language directing the Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing to include certain preferences in any request for proposal for telecommunications relay services.)