Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-299

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING COMMUNICATION AMONG STATE AND LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS DURING ACTIVE SHOOTER INCIDENTS.

Vote Date:

3/19/2013

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

3/14/2013

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To increase security and improve communication by requiring the Commissioner of the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection to use the state-wide police emergency radio network to notify all local police departments of any shooting incident involving multiple victims.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None stated.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Connecticut Conference of Municipalities testified in support of this bill.

Chris Lemos, Connecticut Citizens Defense League testified in support of this bill. He also stated that it should cover all mass casualty events, not just specifically active shooter situations.

David W. Kutner testified in support of this bill.

John Fernandez testified in support of this bill, calling it a “true common sense measure.”

Kevin Holian-Borgnis testified in support of this bill but thinks that it should be revised to include any incidents in which there are multiple victims.

Leonard Benedetto testified in support of this bill but recommended it be expanded to include all emergency situations.

Matt Nowack testified in support of this bill.

Judy Aron, West Hartford, CT testified in support of this bill. She also stated that it should not only cover just active shooter incidents but all mass casualty events.

Scott W. Martin, Middletown, CT testified in support of this bill.

Chris Kalkreuth, Middlefield, CT testified in support of this bill. He stated that it should be expanded to include more than the proposal and questioned if legislation was necessary.

Daniel Wade, East Lyme, CT testified in support of this bill and said it will encourage better communication.

Harwood W. Loomis, Woodbridge, CT testified in support of this bill.

Jo Loi, Lakeville, CT testified in support of this bill.

Chief Richard Wildman, Town of Middlebury Police Department, testified in support of the bill. He stated that it would allow police chiefs to send resources, safeguard their communities, and harden targets in places such as school or heavily populated areas. He furthered that a singular method of communication, that already currently exists, would be more than beneficial.

Kimberly Gnerre, Lakeville, CT testified in support of this bill stating that it did not infringe upon her constitutional rights and seemed logical.

Meagan Acampora, Woodbridge, CT testified in support of this bill.

Paul Acampora, Woodbridge, CT testified in support of this bill.

Tom Violante, New Haven, CT testified in support of the bill.

Doug Curtiss testified in support of the bill. He stated that in a post-9/11 world, it is important for all first responders to communicate in an emergency situation with more than just radios. He gave the example of a technology called Mutualink that addresses interoperability and believed the bill should be amended to broaden the scope beyond radio-only communications.

Jason Gawencki, Windsor, CT testified in support of the bill, stating that it would be beneficial.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

Anna Kopperud and John Hohenwarter, National Rifle Association, testified in opposition to this bill.

Jesse Yeager, Canterbury, CT testified in opposition to this bill.

Robin Emond, Cheshire, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Richard C. Neal, Jr, Putnam, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Richard Clavet, Cheshire, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Ronald Robeson, Gales Ferry, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Linda W., Meriden, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Cristy Jones, Orange, CT testified in opposition to the bill.

Scott Berg testified in opposition to the bill.

Reported by: Alexandra Kritzman

Date: April 2, 2013