PA 09-27—SB 762

Public Safety and Security Committee

Planning and Development Committee

AN ACT CONCERNING MUTUAL AID OR MOBILE SUPPORT UNITS AND NUCLEAR SAFETY EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS PROGRAM PLANS

SUMMARY: This act eliminates the state's duty to reimburse towns for (1) compensation and actual and necessary travel, subsistence, and maintenance expenses paid to members of a civil preparedness force while in training as members of a mobile support unit and (2) payments for employee death, disability, and injury incurred in the course of such training. It also extends state reimbursements to members of any unit that the Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS) commissioner orders to emergency duty.  

The act specifies that the reimbursements and certain rights, immunities, and powers afforded to first responders apply only when they are ordered to emergency duty by the governor or commissioner under CGS 28-6.

By law, state or municipal employees engaged in officially authorized civil preparedness duties as members of civil preparedness units have the powers, duties, rights, privileges, and immunities and receive compensation incident to their employment. Other civil preparedness personnel have the same rights and immunities as state employees and are entitled to state compensation for their services.

The act also changes (1) from November 1 to May 1 annually, the deadline by which DEMHS must submit the nuclear safety emergency preparedness program plan to the Office of Policy and Management and (2) from December 1 to June 1 annually, the deadline by which the office must approve the plan.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2009

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