Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

HB-6445

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS.

Vote Date:

3/8/2011

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/3/2011

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To exempt information collected for an emergency notification system from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act and to permit the use of such information in any emergency.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Colonel Danny R. Stebbins, Acting Commissioner, Department of Public Safety testified in support of this bill. He stated that the elimination of the phrase “life-threatening” from the description of emergency in the bill will make it easier for authorized users of the Connecticut Emergency Notification System (CT ENS) to determine when the state E-911 database may be used. In addition, this bill makes “confidential and …not…subject to disclosure” any subscriber information or emergency contact information which is provided in connection with an emergency notification system. Thus, citizens will be able to provide their contact information without compromising their privacy or safety.

Peter J. Boynton, Commissioner, Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security testified in support of this bill. He stated that the general public would be less likely to sign up for emergency notification system alerts if their contact information was available for other purposes. He noted that the bill also changes how subscriber information can be used from “life threatening emergencies” to “emergency.”

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

None stated.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None stated.

Reported by: Mike Demicco

Date: March 22, 2011