Public Safety and Security Committee

JOINT FAVORABLE REPORT

Bill No.:

SB-200

Title:

AN ACT CONCERNING THE MEMBERSHIP OF THE COORDINATING ADVISORY BOARD TO THE DEPARTMENT OF EMERGENCY SERVICES AND PUBLIC PROTECTION.

Vote Date:

3/1/2012

Vote Action:

Joint Favorable

PH Date:

2/28/2012

File No.:

SPONSORS OF BILL:

Public Safety and Security Committee

REASONS FOR BILL:

To correct the membership of the Coordinating Advisory Board by adding a representative of COST.

RESPONSE FROM ADMINISTRATION/AGENCY:

None stated.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF SUPPORT:

Bart Russell, Executive Director Connecticut Council of Small Towns testified in support of this bill. He stated that due to an oversight, a representative of COST wasn't included on the Coordinating Advisory Board. Small town input is crucial in developing emergency response services to meet people's needs in rural and suburban towns with populations less than 30,000.

The Connecticut Hospital Association (CHA) testified in support of this bill. CHA requested that this bill be amended to add the President of the Connecticut Hospital Association or another qualified designee as a member of the Coordinating Advisory Board. This year, storms left a large percentage of the state with prolonged power outages and demonstrated the important role that hospitals, as principal providers of emergency medical services, play in the publics safety and well-being by working to meet the needs of communities.

Paul J.Rapanault, Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association of Connecticut expressed his support for this bill, stating that with last years consolidation the Advisory Board was proposed as a way for all merged agencies to work together. For this new agency to work as proposed, all hands must be on deck. He furthered that the inclusion of all parts involved would help the newly-created vehicle work efficiently.

NATURE AND SOURCES OF OPPOSITION:

None stated.

Reported by: Bobbie Kask

Date: March 5, 2012