Session of 1999
Substitute for SENATE BILL No. 54
By Committee on Commerce
9 AN ACT concerning access to television services; providing restrictions
10 on certain premises owners relating thereto.
12 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
13 Section 1. (a) No premises owner shall deny access to, or demand
14 payment of any fee, charge or other form of compensation to the premises
15 owner from any provider of television service in exchange for giving the
16 residents access to such service when such service is requested by either
17 the tenant or premises owner, and provided under the terms of a munic-
18 ipal or county franchise agreement. No premises owner shall demand or
19 accept any such payment from any resident in exchange therefor unless
20 the premises owner is itself the provider of the television service. Nothing
21 contained in this section shall prohibit a premises owner from requiring
22 that the provider of such service or the resident bear the entire cost of
23 the installation, operation or removal of the facilities incident thereto, or
24 prohibit a premises owner from demanding or accepting indemnity or
25 security for any damages caused by such installation, operation or
27 (b) As used in this section, "premises owner" means any landlord,
28 association of apartment owners, association of townhouse owners or the
29 managing agent therefor.
30 (c) As used in this section, "provider of television service" means a
31 person, entity or division thereof who owns the equipment for the pur-
32 poses of providing reception and/or distribution of television program-
33 ming services, or whose primary business is the reception and distribution
34 of television programming services by way of cable television, satellite
35 master antenna television, direct broadcast satellite television, subscrip-
36 tion television or any other form of television programming system to
37 subscribers thereto for a fee or subscription price.
38 (d) A contract for the provision of television services that contains
39 provisions for a bulk or discounted rate to the residents of the premises
40 controlled by the premises owner shall not be deemed to be a fee, charge
41 or other form of compensation within the meaning of subsection (a).
42 (e) Nothing contained in this act shall void existing contract or the
43 renewal thereof.
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1 Sec. 2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
2 publication in the statute book.