Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-62

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE CONNECTICUT PUBLIC SAFETY DATA NETWORK.

Vote Date:

3/15/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/28/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To utilize federal grant funds by providing authorization for the governance of the Connecticut Public Safety Data Network.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

Commissioner Reuben F. Bradford, Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP) testified in support of this bill. He stated that it gives the DESPP Commissioner the authority to establish a public safety data network that allows public safety and criminal justice entities to exchange information electronically. He noted the many benefits of this network, which include improved 9-1-1 services, greater reliability and speed, improved interoperability, and reduced costs to the state. In addition, the bill provides the necessary governance structure to assure that decisions made for the network include input from all affected users.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Ted Schroll, Connecticut State Firefighters Association testified in support of this bill. He stated that the public safety data network would allow public safety and criminal justice entities to exchange information and would be funded from the E-911 surcharge.

Paul J. Rapanault, Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters of Connecticut testified in support of this bill. He stated that it establishes an electronic public safety data network that would give public safety and criminal justice entities the ability to exchange information.

Sal Annunziato, Managing Principal, NexGen testified in support of this bill. He stated that the network will improve connectivity throughout the state, thereby enhancing public safety. More specifically, the ability of first responders to transmit digital information across a fiber optic platform will enhance the delivery of crucial data. This improved connectivity and data sharing will ensure that public safety responders have the information they need to act quickly.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None stated.

Reported by: Mike Demicco

Date: March 21, 2012