§12-3A-6. Receipting of electronic commerce purchases.

(a) The state treasurer may establish a system for acceptance of credit card and other payment methods for electronic commerce purchases from spending units. Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, each spending unit utilizing WEB commerce, electronic commerce or other method that offers products or services for sale shall utilize the state Treasurer's system for acceptance of payments except as provided in subsection (b) of this section.

(b) A state institution of higher education may receive credit card payments from systems of acceptance other than that provided by the state Treasurer if:

(1) The proposed alternate system is compliant with the payment card industry data security standards for acceptance of payments, and the institution is proposing to use the alternate system for the sole purpose of:

(A) Processing the payment of academic transcripts; or

(B) Accepting payment for applications for admission if necessary to participate in a national or regional program for applications for admission; or

(2) The institution certifies that the use of the alternate system will not cause a reduction in the volume of credit card revenues by more than ten percent as compared to previous credit card revenues processed on behalf of the institution during the previous fiscal year and the state Treasurer consents to the use.

(c) To facilitate electronic commerce, the state Treasurer may charge a spending unit for the banking and other expenses incurred by the Treasurer on behalf of the spending unit and for any work performed, including, without limitation, assisting in the development of a website and utilization of the Treasurer's payment gateway. A special revenue account, entitled the Treasurer's Financial Electronic Commerce Fund, is created in the state treasury to receive the amounts charged by the Treasurer. The Treasurer may expend the funds received in the Treasurer's Financial Electronic Commerce Fund only for the purposes of this article and for other purposes as determined by the Legislature.

(d) The state Treasurer may authorize a spending unit to assess and collect a fee to recover or pay the cost of accepting bank, charge, check, credit or debit cards from amounts collected.

(e) Upon written request from a political subdivision, the state Treasurer may provide services of his or her office to a political subdivision and charge for the services.

(f) The state Treasurer shall propose legislative rules for promulgation in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code to implement the provisions of this section.