Subject to the appropriation of funds therefor, the commission shall purchase, pursuant
to sections fifty-one and fifty-two of chapter thirty, telecommunication devices for the deaf and shall rent, lease or sell such equipment
to persons certified by the commission pursuant to its regulations as deaf or severely
hard of hearing, at terms or prices which are fair and reasonable; provided, however,
that no such device shall be sold by the commission at a price less than one-half
of the wholesale market price of such device prevailing at the time of sale. The commission shall promulgate regulations to implement the provisions of this
section. Such regulations shall include a schedule of fees to be charged for such rentals
or sales and shall be based upon a consideration of the circumstances, need and annual
income of the deaf or severely hard of hearing person seeking such equipment. Monies collected under the provisions of this section shall be retained by the commission
in a revolving fund or revolving funds, and shall be expended subject to the approval
of the secretary of the executive office of health and human services and the state
comptroller to purchase telecommunication devices for the deaf; provided that the
commission shall provide quarterly reports to the house and senate committees on ways
and means detailing the amounts of revenues received or expended under this section. A fund established pursuant to this section shall be subject to an audit by the
state auditor, in accordance with generally accepted government auditing standards,
as often as the state auditor determines is necessary.
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