CHAPTER 60a
SECURITY FOR STATE FACILITIES

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Sec. 4b-130. Definitions.
Sec. 4b-131. Inventory of buildings and structures owned or leased by the state. Nondisclosure of security records.
Sec. 4b-132. Security standards for state agencies.
Sec. 4b-133. Security audits and recommendations.
Sec. 4b-134. Preliminary designs for renovation and construction projects. Compliance with security standards.
Sec. 4b-135. Security requirements for new leases.
Sec. 4b-136. State-Wide Security Management Council. Duties. Reports.

      Sec. 4b-130. Definitions. As used in this chapter:

      (1) "Commissioner" means the Commissioner of Public Works;

      (2) "Security" means reasonable measures required to: (A) Protect state employees from bodily harm in the workplace and state employee parking areas, and (B) protect the state's physical assets;

      (3) "Security audit" means: (A) Worksite analysis; (B) building risk classification; (C) identification of security exposures; (D) hazard prevention and control; and (E) recommendations for risk management procedures;

      (4) "Security measure" means the level of qualifications and the deployment of security personnel, a security strategy or a security device; and

      (5) "State agency" means any department, board, commission, institution, or other agency of the state, except (A) the mass transit, marine and aviation functions of the Department of Transportation, (B) The University of Connecticut and other constituent units of the state system of higher education, (C) the Judicial Department, (D) the Department of Public Safety, (E) the Military Department, (F) the Department of Correction, (G) the functions of the Department of Children and Families concerning client-occupied facilities, (H) the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Secretary of the State and Treasurer, (I) the General Assembly, and (J) the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 2; P.A. 04-234, S. 2.)

      History: P.A. 04-234 replaced Board of Parole with Board of Pardons and Paroles, effective July 1, 2004.

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      Sec. 4b-131. Inventory of buildings and structures owned or leased by the state. Nondisclosure of security records. (a) The commissioner may compile and maintain a computerized inventory of all buildings and structures owned or leased by the state. Such inventory may include, but not be limited to, the following information for each building and structure: Location, design plans, existing security measures, uses, and type of activity conducted by the occupants. The commissioner may update the inventory as security audit recommendations are made and implemented. The inventory may serve as a state-wide state facility security profile database.

      (b) No provision of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, shall be construed to require the disclosure of records in any form concerning (1) security measures in government-owned or leased facilities, (2) security audit recommendations for government-owned or leased facilities, or (3) future security measures to be implemented in government-owned or leased facilities.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 3; P.A. 00-69, S. 1, 4; P.A. 02-133, S. 3.)

      History: P.A. 00-69 substituted "records" for "data" in Subsec. (b), effective May 16, 2000; P.A. 02-133 amended Subsec. (b) to substitute "government-owned" for "state-owned".

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      Sec. 4b-132. Security standards for state agencies. The Commissioner of Public Works shall establish and publish security standards for all state agencies, as defined in section 4b-130. Such standards shall include, but not be limited to, provisions on: Physical plant security, agency staff accessibility to the public and other state personnel, levels of qualifications and deployment of security personnel, hazard prevention and control procedures, and requirements for employee assistance and training programs to establish and maintain a secure workplace. In establishing standards for levels of qualifications of security personnel for state agencies, the commissioner shall incorporate by reference chapter 534 and all regulations mandated or authorized by said chapter.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 4.)

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      Sec. 4b-133. Security audits and recommendations. (a) The commissioner may conduct or require a security audit of any building or structure owned or leased by a state agency, as defined in section 4b-130, to determine the security characteristics of such building or structure. Such security audit shall be conducted in cooperation with the state agency owning or occupying the building or structure.

      (b) Any recommendations for security improvements in any such security audit shall be based on the audit's findings and, at a minimum, shall bring the audited building or structure into compliance with the security standards established under section 4b-132.

      (c) The commissioner shall be the sole authority and have all oversight responsibility for implementing security audit recommendations for capital improvements made under subsections (a) and (b) of this section. Such responsibility shall include, but not be limited to, prioritizing facilities requiring security improvements.

      (d) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the commissioner may waive the requirement for a security audit for any building or structure if an assessment of the facility's security needs, comparable in the commissioner's opinion to a Department of Public Works' security audit, has been applied to the facility.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 5; P.A. 00-66, S. 14.)

      History: P.A. 00-66 made a technical change in Subsec. (a).

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      Sec. 4b-134. Preliminary designs for renovation and construction projects. Compliance with security standards. (a) On or after October 1, 1999, the Commissioner of Public Works shall determine whether each renovation project for a state agency building or structure under this title would have a significant impact on the security characteristics of the building or structure. If the commissioner determines that the project would have a significant impact on such security characteristics, the commissioner shall review the preliminary design for the project for compliance with the security standards established under section 4b-132. The commissioner shall not approve any such preliminary design unless (1) the building or structure has had a security audit, and (2) the commissioner determines, based on such review and audit, that such preliminary design meets or exceeds such security standards.

      (b) On or after October 1, 1999, the commissioner shall review the preliminary design for each project for new construction for a state agency under this title for compliance with the security standards established under section 4b-132. The commissioner shall not approve any such preliminary design unless the commissioner determines, based on such review, that such preliminary design meets or exceeds such security standards.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 6; P.A. 00-69, S. 2, 4.)

      History: P.A. 00-69 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute "would have a significant impact on the security" for "would impact the security", effective May 16, 2000.

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      Sec. 4b-135. Security requirements for new leases. On or after July 1, 1999, the Commissioner of Public Works may not execute a new lease for use by a state agency, as defined in section 4b-130, of any building or structure which is not occupied or possessed by the state at the time of execution of the lease unless (1) the owner or agent of the owner of the building or structure has had a security audit conducted for the building or structure, which in the commissioner's opinion is comparable to security audits conducted by the commissioner under section 4b-133, (2) (A) the commissioner determines that the building or structure complies with the security standards established under section 4b-132 or (B) such owner or agent has implemented the recommendations of the security audit which bring the building or structure into compliance with such security standards, and (3) such owner or agent agrees in the lease to maintain the security standards.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 7.)

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      Sec. 4b-136. State-Wide Security Management Council. Duties. Reports. (a) There is established a State-Wide Security Management Council. The council shall consist of the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Commissioner of Administrative Services, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Commissioner of Public Works, the Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Chief Court Administrator, an attorney appointed by the Commissioner of Public Works, the executive director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, a representative of the Governor, a representative of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition and the president of the Connecticut State Police Union or the president's designee. The Commissioner of Public Works shall serve as chairperson of the council. Each council member shall provide technical assistance in the member's area of expertise, as required by the council.

      (b) The council shall coordinate the activities of state agencies, as defined in section 4b-130, that relate to state-wide state facility security.

      (c) Each state agency and each department, board, commission, institution or other agency of the state listed in the exceptions to the term "state agency" in section 4b-130 shall report quarterly to the council on the frequency, character and resolution of workplace violence incidents and all security-related expenditures.

      (P.A. 99-220, S. 9; P.A. 06-21, S. 1.)

      History: P.A. 06-21 amended Subsec. (a) to add Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as council member.

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