1998/99 Legislative Session: 3rd Session, 36th Parliament
FIRST READING


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The printed version remains the official version.


HONOURABLE JOY K. MacPHAIL
MINISTER OF FINANCE AND
CORPORATE RELATIONS

BILL 48 -- 1998

BC ONLINE ACT

Contents

Section  
1  Definitions
2  Agreement for operator to retain fees
3  Power to make regulations
4  Commencement

HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia, enacts as follows:

Definitions

1 In this Act:

"BC OnLine" means the information system operated by the Information Technology Systems Division of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and known as BC OnLine Information Service;

"operator" means the person that enters into an agreement referred to in section 2 to operate BC OnLine.

Agreement for operator to retain fees

2 (1) Despite the Financial Administration Act, Treasury Board may authorize a person that enters into an agreement to operate BC OnLine to retain, as consideration for the payments to the government by the person under the agreement, all or part of the money to be levied and collected under the enactments specified by the regulations.

(2) The operator is deemed to be

(a) an agent of the government for the purpose of receiving money on behalf of and remitting to the government that portion of the money collected by the person that is not to be retained by that person under an agreement authorized under subsection (1), and

(b) an agency of the government for the purposes of the Auditor General Act in respect of money collected under an agreement under subsection (1).

Power to make regulations

3 (1) The Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations referred to in section 41 of the Interpretation Act.

(2) Without limiting subsection (1), the Lieutenant Governor in Council may make regulations specifying those enactments for which and the circumstances in which, despite the enactment, money to be paid to the government or to a public officer for a service or information, may be collected by and retained in whole or in part by the operator under an agreement under this Act.

Commencement

4 This Act comes into force by regulation of the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

 
Explanatory Note

The purpose of this Bill is to provide authority for BC OnLine to be operated by a private operator under a contract.


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