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Title : Title 11 COUNTIES AND MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.
Chapter : Title 3 Chapter 103 Credit Card Payments for County and Municipal Services.
Section 11-103-1

Section 11-103-1
Authorization of payment by credit cards.

(a) The use of credit cards for any payments made to a county or municipal office, department, agency, board, or commission may be authorized by the county commission or municipal governing body in which the office, department, agency, board, or commission is located as provided in Section 11-103-2, and if authorized, shall be accepted pursuant to rules and regulations promulgated by the county commission or municipal governing body in which the office, department, agency, board, or commission is located. The rules and regulations shall include specific procedures for the acceptance of credit card payments, including, but not limited to, provision for the payment of any discount or administrative fee charged by the credit card issuer or processor. The county or municipal governing body is authorized, but not required to impose the assessment of a surcharge or convenience fee from the person paying by credit card in an amount not greater than the transaction fee charged by the credit card issuer or processor. If no such election is made, the county or municipal governing body may withhold the cost of any discount or administrative fee charged by the credit card issuer or processor from each governmental entity entitled to the proceeds from the payment made by the credit card issuer. In this event, each governmental entity shall be assessed the percentage of the cost equivalent to its pro rata share of the payment.

(b) Except as otherwise provided, this chapter shall be construed to allow acceptance of credit card payments of any types of amounts payable to a county or a municipality as authorized by the county commission or municipal governing body, including, but not limited to, taxes, license and registration fees, fines, and penalties. For purposes of this chapter, the term "credit card" shall include credit cards, charge cards, and debit cards issued by any bank, foreign lender, domestic lender, or credit card bank as defined in Section 5-20-3.



(Act 2000-154, § 1; Act 2000-314, § 1.)Section 11-103-2

Section 11-103-2
Agreements with credit card issuers, etc.

The county commission or municipal governing body may enter into appropriate agreements with one or more credit card issuers or other appropriate parties as needed to facilitate the acceptance of credit card payments, provided that no agreement may provide for the receipt of payments at a discount from the amount that would be owed were credit cards not accepted for the payment or withholding of administrative fees from the actual amount of the payments. Except as otherwise specifically provided, the provisions of the competitive bid law found in Section 41-16-1 et seq., shall not apply to the agreements between the county commission or municipal governing body and credit card issuers processors. Any agreement shall provide that it may be canceled without penalty at any time by the county commission or municipal governing body upon reasonable notice. No agreement shall exceed three years as provided in Section 41-16-27.



(Act 2000-154, p. 219, §2; Act 2000-314, p. 483, §1.)Section 11-103-3

Section 11-103-3
Liability for final payment.

(a) When a party elects to make a payment to a county or municipal agency, office, department, board, or commission by credit card and a surcharge or convenience fee is imposed, the payment of the surcharge or convenience fee shall not be refundable.

(b) No person making payment to any county or municipal agency, office, department, board, or commission by credit card shall be relieved from liability for the face amount of the payment except to the extent that the county or municipal agency, office, department, board, or commission realizes final payment of the underlying obligation in cash or the equivalent. If final payment is not made by the credit card issuer or other guarantor of payment in the credit card transaction, the underlying obligation shall survive and the county or municipal agency, office, department, board, or commission shall retain all remedies for enforcement which would have applied if the credit card transaction had not occurred. No contract may modify the provisions of this subsection.

(c) A county or municipal agency, office, department, board, or commission officer or employee who accepts a credit card payment in accordance with this chapter and any applicable policies, rules, or regulations of a county commission or a municipal governing body shall not thereby incur any personal liability for the final collection of such payments.



(Act 2000-154, p. 219, §3; Act 2000-314, p. 483, §1.)Section 11-103-4

Section 11-103-4
Acceptance of credit cards by individual offices, agencies, etc.

If a county governing body has authorized the use of credit cards and has entered into an agreement with one or more credit card issuers or processors, each office or agency within a county may elect whether or not to accept credit card payments in its office or agency, and may establish its own policies and procedures for acceptance of any credit cards permitted within the county pursuant to an agreement executed under Section 11-103-2. No office or agency shall be required to accept credit card payments, and may elect which credit cards to accept, provided that the county governing body has executed an agreement with the credit card issuer or processor. If an office or agency within the county desires to accept a credit card issued or processed by a company with which the county governing body does not have an agreement under Section 11-103-2, the office or agency may petition the governing body to execute an agreement with that credit card issuer or processor; provided, however, that the county governing body shall not be required to execute an agreement with any credit card issuer or processor that will not agree to the terms and conditions required by the county governing body and by this chapter.



(Act 2000-154, p. 219, §4; Act 2000-314, p. 483, §1.)Section 11-103-5

Section 11-103-5
Applicability.

Except where otherwise provided by local law, this chapter shall apply in any county or municipality where credit cards are accepted for any payments made to a county or municipal office, department, agency, board, or commission.



(Act 2000-154, p. 219, §5; Act 2000-314, p. 483, §1.)

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