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Bill Detail: HB22-1353

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Title Public Safety Communications Transfer
Status Signed by the President of the Senate (05/31/2022)
Bill Subjects
  • State Government
House Sponsors M. Baisley (R)
T. Bernett (D)
Senate Sponsors J. Bridges (D)
House Committee Judiciary
Senate Committee Judiciary
Date Introduced 03/31/2022
Summary

Joint Technology Committee. Currently, the joint technology
committee of the general assembly oversees any telecommunications

coordination within state government. The bill moves that oversight
function to the department of public safety's oversight committee
pursuant to the State Measurement for Accountable, Responsive, and
Transparent (SMART) Government Act.
Currently, the chief information officer in the office of information
technology exercises the powers, duties, and functions related to public
safety telecommunications coordination within state government (public
safety communications). On July 1, 2022, the bill transfers these powers,
duties, and functions to the department of public safety (department). The
transferred powers, duties, and functions are allocated to the division of
homeland security and emergency management (division) in the
department. In addition, the bill transfers employees, property, and
policies of the office of information technology related to public safety
communications to the division.
The bill creates the office of public safety communications in the
division (office) and creates the director of the office. The bill relocates
the existing state public safety communications network in the office and
specifies the duties and responsibilities of the director of the office that
were formerly the duties and responsibilities of the chief information
officer of the office of information technology. The duties and
responsibilities include:
  • Formulating recommendations for a current and long-range
public safety communications plan and administering the
plan;
  • Reviewing all existing and future state-owned public safety
communications applications, planning, networks, systems,
programs, equipment, and facilities and establishing
priorities for those applications;
  • Approving the acquisition of public safety communications
equipment by any state entity;
  • Establishing and enforcing public safety communications
policies, procedures, standards, and records for
management of public safety communications networks
and facilities for all state entities;
  • Reviewing, assessing, and ensuring compliance with
federal and state public safety communications regulations
pertaining to the needs and functions of state entities;
  • Advising the governor and general assembly on public
safety communications matters;
  • Administering the public safety communications trust fund;
  • Adopting recommended standards for the replacement of
analog-based radio equipment with digital-based radio
equipment for purposes of dispatching and related
functions within the department of public safety; and
  • For purposes of serving the radio communications needs of
state departments, adopting standards and policies and
setting a recommended timetable for the replacement of
existing radio public safety communications equipment
with a system that satisfies the requirements of the federal
communications commission public safety national plan.
The director of the office may enter into contracts, formerly
entered into by the chief information officer, with specified public entities
and may act as a public safety communications network provider to
provide public safety radio communications between or among 2 or more
counties or state agencies.
The bill specifies when users of public safety radio systems,
including public entities and privately owned businesses, will be charged
fees for the service, including the cost of material, labor, and overhead.
The executive director of the department is required to exercise the
powers, duties, and functions regarding the existing tactical and long-term
interoperable communications plan to improve the ability of the public
safety agencies of state government to communicate with public safety
agencies of the federal government, regions, local governments, and other
states. The director of the office is required to update and revise the
tactical and long-term interoperable communications plan at least once
every 3 years.
The bill relocates the existing public safety communications trust
fund, specifies the sources of money in the fund, and specifies the
purposes for which money in the fund must be used.

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