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House Bill No. 5323

Public Act No. 08-19

AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 4a-66 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The state, through the Commissioner of Administrative Services, or any political subdivision thereof, through the officer or agent legally authorized to make purchases on its behalf, may enter into any contract with the United States government or any federal agency for the purchase, lease or other acquisition of any equipment, supplies, materials or other property or for the purchase, sale or exchange of, or other cooperation concerning, services related to medicine or health. No provision of the statutes or of any municipal charter concerning the inviting of competitive bids, public advertising for bids or of expenditures, the delivery of purchases before payment, or any other provision which may result in disadvantage or loss of opportunity to such state agency or subdivision in such transactions with the federal government, shall apply to transactions made under the provisions of this subsection. Any municipality desiring to enter into any such contract may do so only after the acceptance of the applicable provisions of this section at a meeting of such municipality warned and held for the purpose.

(b) The state, through the Commissioner of Administrative Services and pursuant to Public Law 103-355, may purchase equipment, supplies, materials, information technology services or other property or services from a person who has a contract to sell such property to a department, agency or instrumentality of the United States government, in accordance with the terms and conditions of said contract.

Sec. 2. Subsection (c) of section 3-117 of the 2008 supplement to the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsections (a) and (b) of this section, the [Commissioner of Administrative Services] Chief Information Officer shall charge the appropriations of any state agency, without certification by such agency, for expenses incurred by such agency for basic telephone service, toll telephone service and teletypewriter or computer exchange service. Not later than thirty days following notification of such charge, such agency shall certify to the [commissioner] Chief Information Officer that such services were provided to such agency. As used in this subsection, (1) "telecommunications service" means and includes: The transmission of any interactive electromagnetic communications including but not limited to voice, image, data and any other information, by means of but not limited to wire, cable, including fiber optical cable, microwave, radio wave or any combinations of such media, and the resale or leasing of any such service. "Telecommunications service" includes but is not limited to basic telephone service, toll telephone service and teletypewriter or computer exchange service, including but not limited to, residential and business service, directory assistance, two-way cable television service, cellular mobile telephone or telecommunication service, specialized mobile radio and pagers and paging service, including any form of mobile two-way communication. "Telecommunications service" does not include (A) nonvoice services in which computer processing applications are used to act on the information to be transmitted, (B) any services or transactions subject to the sales and use tax under chapter 219, (C) any one-way radio or television broadcasting transmission, (D) any telecommunications service rendered by a company in control of such service when rendered for private use within its organization or (E) any such service rendered by a company controlling such service when such company and the company for which such service is rendered are affiliated companies as defined in section 33-840 or are eligible to file a combined tax return for purposes of the state corporation business tax under chapter 208. (2) "Basic telephone service" means (A) telephone service allowing a telecommunications transmission station to be connected to points within a designated local calling area or (B) any facility or service provided in connection with a service described in subdivision (1) of this subsection but exclusive of any service which is a toll telephone service, teletypewriter or computer exchange service. (3) "Toll telephone service" means and includes the transmission of any interactive electromagnetic communication to points outside the designated local calling area in which the transmission originated for which there is a toll charge which varies in amount with the distance and elapsed transmission time of each individual communication, or a telecommunication service which entitles the subscriber or user, upon the payment of a periodic charge which is determined as a flat amount or upon the basis of total elapsed transmission time, to the privilege of an unlimited number of telephonic or interactive electromagnetic communications to or from all or a substantial portion of the persons having telephone or radio telephone stations in a specified area which is outside the basic telephone system area in which the station provided with this service is located. (4) "Teletypewriter or computer exchange service" means and includes the access from a teletypewriter, telephone, computer or other data station of which such transmission facility is a part, and the privilege of intercommunications by such station with substantially all persons having teletypewriter, telephone, computer or other data stations constituting a part of the same teletypewriter or computer exchange system, to which the subscriber or user is entitled upon payment of a charge or charges, whether such charge or charges are determined as a flat periodic amount on the basis of distance and elapsed transmission time or some other method.

Sec. 3. Subsection (a) of section 4d-7 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) The Chief Information Officer shall develop, publish and annually update an information and telecommunication systems strategic plan which shall have the following goals: (1) To provide a level of voice and data communications service among all state agencies that will ensure the effective and efficient completion of their respective functions; (2) to establish a direction for the collection, storage, management and use of information by state agencies in an efficient manner; (3) to develop a comprehensive information policy for state agencies that clearly articulates (A) the state's commitment to the sharing of its information resources, (B) the relationship of such resources to library and other information resources in the state, and (C) a philosophy of equal access to information; (4) to provide all necessary telecommunication services between state agencies and the public; (5) to provide, in the event of an emergency, immediate voice and data communications and critical application recovery capabilities which are necessary to support state agency functions; and (6) to provide necessary access to higher technology for state agencies.

Sec. 4. Subsection (a) of section 4d-90 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof (Effective from passage):

(a) There is established a Geospatial Information Systems Council consisting of the following members, or their designees: (1) The Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management; (2) the Commissioners of Environmental Protection, Economic and Community Development, Transportation, Public Safety, Public Health, Public Works, Agriculture, Emergency Management and Homeland Security and Social Services; (3) the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Information Technology; (4) the Chancellor of the Connecticut State University system; (5) the president of The University of Connecticut; (6) the Executive Director of the Connecticut Siting Council; (7) one member who is a user of geospatial information systems appointed by the president pro tempore of the Senate representing a municipality with a population of more than sixty thousand; (8) one member who is a user of geospatial information systems appointed by the minority leader of the Senate representing a regional planning agency; (9) one member who is a user of geospatial information systems appointed by the Governor representing a municipality with a population of less than sixty thousand but more than thirty thousand; (10) one member who is a user of geospatial information systems appointed by the speaker of the House of Representatives representing a municipality with a population of less than thirty thousand; (11) one member appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives who is a user of geospatial information systems; (12) the chairperson of the Public Utility Control Authority; (13) the Adjutant General of the Military Department; and (14) any other persons the council deems necessary appointed by the council. The Governor shall select the chairperson from among the members. The chairperson shall administer the affairs of the council. Vacancies shall be filled by appointment by the authority making the appointment. Members shall receive no compensation for their services on said council, but shall be reimbursed for necessary expenses incurred in the performance of their duties. Said council shall hold one meeting each [month] calendar quarter and such additional meetings as may be prescribed by council rules. In addition, special meetings may be called by the chairperson or by any three members upon delivery of forty-eight hours written notice to each member.

Approved April 29, 2008