Substitute Senate Bill No. 1277

Public Act No. 99-14

An Act Establishing a Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board.

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

Section 1. (NEW) (a) There shall be a Criminal Justice Information System Governing Board, hereinafter referred to as the governing board, which shall oversee an information system that enables, as determined by the governing board and subject to chapter 961a of the general statutes, criminal justice agencies, as defined in subsection (b) of section 54-142g of the general statutes, to share criminal history record information, as defined in subsection (a) of section 54-142g of the general statutes, and to access electronically maintained offender and case data involving felonies, misdemeanors, violations, motor vehicle violations, motor vehicle offenses for which a sentence to a term of imprisonment may be imposed, and infractions. For purposes of this section, "offender-based tracking system" shall mean such information system.

(b) The governing board shall be composed of the Chief Court Administrator, who shall serve as chairperson, the Commissioner of Public Safety, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Commissioner of Correction, the chairperson of the Board of Parole, the chairperson of the Board of Pardons, the Chief State's Attorney, the Chief Public Defender, the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Information Technology, the Victim Advocate, the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles and the president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association. Each member of the governing board may appoint a designee who shall have the same powers as such member.

(c) The governing board shall meet at least once during each calendar quarter and at such other times as the chairperson deems necessary. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

(d) The duties and responsibilities of the governing board shall be to: (1) Oversee the operations and administration of the offender-based tracking system; (2) establish such permanent and ad hoc committees as it deems necessary, with appointments to such committees not restricted to criminal justice agencies; (3) recommend any legislation necessary for implementation, operation and maintenance of the offender-based tracking system; (4) establish and implement policies and procedures to meet the system-wide objectives, including the provision of appropriate controls for data access and security; and (5) perform all necessary functions to facilitate the coordination and integration of the offender-based tracking system.

(e) A member of the governing board, a member of a permanent or an ad hoc committee established by the governing board, and any person operating and administering the offender-based tracking system shall be deemed to be "state officers and employees" for the purposes of chapter 53 and section 5-141d of the general statutes.

Sec. 2. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 12, 1999