CHAPTER 60a

SECURITY FOR STATE FACILITIES

Table of Contents

Sec. 4b-130. Definitions.

Sec. 4b-131. Inventory of buildings and structures owned or leased by the state. Nondisclosure of security records.

Sec. 4b-132. Security standards for state agencies.

Sec. 4b-133. Security audits and recommendations.

Sec. 4b-134. Preliminary designs for renovation and construction projects. Compliance with security standards.

Sec. 4b-135. Security requirements for new leases.

Sec. 4b-136. State-Wide Security Management Council. Duties. Reports.


Sec. 4b-130. Definitions. As used in this chapter:

(1) “Commissioner” means the Commissioner of Administrative Services;

(2) “Security” means reasonable measures required to: (A) Protect state employees from bodily harm in the workplace and state employee parking areas, and (B) protect the state’s physical assets;

(3) “Security audit” means: (A) Worksite analysis; (B) building risk classification; (C) identification of security exposures; (D) hazard prevention and control; and (E) recommendations for risk management procedures;

(4) “Security measure” means the level of qualifications and the deployment of security personnel, a security strategy or a security device; and

(5) “State agency” means any department, board, commission, institution, or other agency of the state, except (A) the mass transit, marine and aviation functions of the Department of Transportation, (B) The University of Connecticut and other constituent units of the state system of higher education, (C) the Judicial Department, (D) the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection, (E) the Military Department, (F) the Department of Correction, (G) the functions of the Department of Children and Families concerning client-occupied facilities, (H) the offices of the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Attorney General, Comptroller, Secretary of the State and Treasurer, (I) the General Assembly, and (J) the Board of Pardons and Paroles.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 2; P.A. 04-234, S. 2; P.A. 11-51, S. 44, 134.)

History: P.A. 04-234 replaced Board of Parole with Board of Pardons and Paroles, effective July 1, 2004; pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Works” and “Department of Public Safety” were changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Administrative Services” and “Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, respectively, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 4b-131. Inventory of buildings and structures owned or leased by the state. Nondisclosure of security records. (a) The commissioner may compile and maintain a computerized inventory of all buildings and structures owned or leased by the state. Such inventory may include, but not be limited to, the following information for each building and structure: Location, design plans, existing security measures, uses, and type of activity conducted by the occupants. The commissioner may update the inventory as security audit recommendations are made and implemented. The inventory may serve as a state-wide state facility security profile database.

(b) No provision of the Freedom of Information Act, as defined in section 1-200, shall be construed to require the disclosure of records in any form concerning (1) security measures in government-owned or leased facilities, (2) security audit recommendations for government-owned or leased facilities, or (3) future security measures to be implemented in government-owned or leased facilities.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 3; P.A. 00-69, S. 1, 4; P.A. 02-133, S. 3.)

History: P.A. 00-69 substituted “records” for “data” in Subsec. (b), effective May 16, 2000; P.A. 02-133 amended Subsec. (b) to substitute “government-owned” for “state-owned”.

Sec. 4b-132. Security standards for state agencies. The Commissioner of Administrative Services shall establish and publish security standards for all state agencies, as defined in section 4b-130. Such standards shall include, but not be limited to, provisions on: Physical plant security, agency staff accessibility to the public and other state personnel, levels of qualifications and deployment of security personnel, hazard prevention and control procedures, and requirements for employee assistance and training programs to establish and maintain a secure workplace. In establishing standards for levels of qualifications of security personnel for state agencies, the commissioner shall incorporate by reference chapter 534 and all regulations mandated or authorized by said chapter.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 4; P.A. 11-51, S. 44.)

History: Pursuant to P.A. 11-51, “Commissioner of Public Works” was changed editorially by the Revisors to “Commissioner of Administrative Services”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 4b-133. Security audits and recommendations. (a) The Commissioner of Administrative Services may conduct or require a security audit of any building or structure owned or leased by a state agency, as defined in section 4b-130, to determine the security characteristics of such building or structure. Such security audit shall be conducted in cooperation with the state agency owning or occupying the building or structure.

(b) Any recommendations for security improvements in any such security audit shall be based on the audit’s findings and, at a minimum, shall bring the audited building or structure into compliance with the security standards established under section 4b-132.

(c) The Commissioner of Construction Services shall be the sole authority and have all oversight responsibility for implementing security audit recommendations for capital improvements made under subsections (a) and (b) of this section. Such responsibility shall include, but not be limited to, prioritizing facilities requiring security improvements.

(d) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, the Commissioner of Administrative Services may waive the requirement for a security audit for any building or structure if an assessment of the facility’s security needs, comparable in the commissioner’s opinion to a Department of Administrative Services’ security audit, has been applied to the facility.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 5; P.A. 00-66, S. 14.; P.A. 11-51, S. 62.)

History: P.A. 00-66 made a technical change in Subsec. (a); P.A. 11-51 amended Subsecs. (a) and (d) to change “commissioner” to “Commissioner of Administrative Services”, amended Subsec. (c) to change “commissioner” to “Commissioner of Construction Services” and amended Subsec. (d) to change “Department of Public Works’” to “Department of Administrative Services’”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 4b-134. Preliminary designs for renovation and construction projects. Compliance with security standards. (a) The Commissioner of Construction Services shall determine whether each renovation project for a state agency building or structure under this title would have a significant impact on the security characteristics of the building or structure. If the Commissioner of Construction Services determines that the project would have a significant impact on such security characteristics, said commissioner shall review the preliminary design for the project for compliance with the security standards established under section 4b-132. The Commissioner of Construction Services shall not approve any such preliminary design unless (1) the building or structure has had a security audit, and (2) the Commissioner of Construction Services determines, based on such review and audit, that such preliminary design meets or exceeds such security standards.

(b) The Commissioner of Construction Services shall review the preliminary design for each project for new construction for a state agency under this title for compliance with the security standards established under section 4b-132. The Commissioner of Construction Services shall not approve any such preliminary design unless the Commissioner of Construction Services determines, based on such review, that such preliminary design meets or exceeds such security standards.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 6; P.A. 00-69, S. 2, 4; P.A. 11-51, S. 63.)

History: P.A. 00-69 amended Subsec. (a) to substitute “would have a significant impact on the security” for “would impact the security”, effective May 16, 2000; P.A. 11-51 deleted references to October 1, 1999, and replaced references to “Commissioner of Public Works” and “commissioner” with “Commissioner of Construction Services”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 4b-135. Security requirements for new leases. The Commissioner of Administrative Services may not execute a new lease for use by a state agency, as defined in section 4b-130, of any building or structure which is not occupied or possessed by the state at the time of execution of the lease unless (1) the owner or agent of the owner of the building or structure has had a security audit conducted for the building or structure, which in the commissioner’s opinion is comparable to security audits conducted under section 4b-133, (2) (A) the Commissioner of Administrative Services determines that the building or structure complies with the security standards established under section 4b-132, or (B) such owner or agent has implemented the recommendations of the security audit which bring the building or structure into compliance with such security standards, and (3) such owner or agent agrees in the lease to maintain the security standards.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 7; P.A. 11-51, S. 101.)

History: P.A. 11-51 deleted reference to July 1, 1999, and changed “Commissioner of Public Works” and “commissioner” to “Commissioner of Administrative Services”, effective July 1, 2011.

Sec. 4b-136. State-Wide Security Management Council. Duties. Reports. (a) There is established a State-Wide Security Management Council. The council shall consist of the following members or their designees: The Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection, the Commissioner of Administrative Services, the Commissioner of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Commissioner of Construction Services, the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, the Chief Court Administrator, the executive director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Management, a representative of the Governor, a representative of the State Employees Bargaining Agent Coalition, the president of the Connecticut State Police Union, the president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association and the president of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association. The Commissioner of Administrative Services shall serve as chairperson of the council. Each council member shall provide technical assistance in the member’s area of expertise, as required by the council.

(b) The council shall coordinate the activities of state agencies, as defined in section 4b-130, that relate to state-wide state facility security.

(c) Each state agency and each department, board, commission, institution or other agency of the state listed in the exceptions to the term “state agency” in section 4b-130 shall report biannually to the council on the frequency, character and resolution of workplace violence incidents.

(P.A. 99-220, S. 9; P.A. 06-21, S. 1; P.A. 11-51, S. 64, 143; 11-61, S. 153; P.A. 12-205, S. 12.)

History: P.A. 06-21 amended Subsec. (a) to add Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security as council member; P.A. 11-51 amended Subsec. (a) to add reference to the members’ designees, replace “Commissioner of Public Works” with “Commissioner of Construction Services”, delete “an attorney appointed by the Commissioner of Public Works”, add “the president of the Uniformed Professional Fire Fighters Association”, make the Commissioner of Administrative Services chairperson, replace “Commissioner of Public Safety” with “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, delete “Commissioner of Emergency Management and Homeland Security”, and delete language allowing for appointment of Connecticut State Police Union’s designee, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 11-61 amended Subsec. (a) by adding “the president of the Connecticut Police Chiefs Association” to members of council, effective July 1, 2011; P.A. 12-205 amended Subsec. (c) to require biannual rather than quarterly reports and to delete requirement that reports contain all security-related expenditures, effective July 1, 2012.