OLR Bill Analysis
AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT PUBLIC SAFETY DATA NETWORK.
This bill requires the (1) Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) to establish a public safety data network (PSDN) in an electronic format for exchanging information among public safety and criminal justice entities and (2) Office of State-Wide Emergency Telecommunications (OSET) to create technical and operational standards for the network's establishment.
The bill requires the E 9-1-1 Commission, in consultation with the Coordinating Advisory Board, to advise the DESPP commissioner in the planning, design, implementation, coordination, and governance of the network. The commission currently plays a similar role with regard to the E 9-1-1 system.
The bill adds the expenses associated with implementing and maintaining the PSDN to the other expenses the commissioner must consider when determining the amount of funding necessary for the E 9-1-1 program (see BACKGROUND).
EFFECTIVE DATE: Upon passage for the establishment of the PSDN; July 1, 2012 for the remaining provisions.
ESTABLISHMENT OF PSDN
The DESPP commissioner must (1) establish the PSDN, in consultation with the chief information officer of the Department of Administrative Services' Division of Information Technology, and (2) ensure that implementation of the network complies with state and federal requirements for controlled or limited access data. He may enter into memoranda of understanding (MOUs) about the use of the network with public safety or criminal justice agencies that use it. The MOUs may address cost-sharing related to this use.
The bill allows sources of revenue that provide funding for existing networks to be used to fund the network.
Funding for the E 9-1-1 Program
The DESPP commissioner must annually determine and report to the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority (PURA) the associated expenses and amount of funding needed to develop and administer the enhanced emergency 911 (E-911) system. Funding can be provided for:
1. buying, installing, and maintaining new public safety answering point (PSAP) terminal equipment;
2. transition grants to encourage PSAPs to regionalize;
3. subsidies for regional centers, with enhanced subsidies for municipalities with more than 40,000 residents;
4. coordinated medical emergency direction services that provide medical instructions to an E-911 caller before medical assistance arrives;
5. personnel training and related costs;
6. capital costs and recurring expenses associated with the telecommunications system that supports the E-911 system;
7. collecting, maintaining, and reporting emergency medical services data as required by state law, up to $ 250,000 per year; and
8. OSET's administrative costs (CGS § 28-24(7)(c)).
sHB 5378, reported favorably by the Public Safety and Security Committee on March 15, increases, from 50 cents to 75 cents per month, per access line, the maximum amount that the Public Utilities Regulatory Authority may assess telecommunications subscribers to fund the E 9-1-1 program.
Public Safety and Security Committee