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Senate Bill No. 483

PUBLIC ACT NO. 96-150

AN ACT IMPLEMENTING THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES ESTABLISHED BY PUBLIC ACT 95-318.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. Section 28-24 of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established an Office of State-Wide Emergency Telecommunications which shall be in the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services within the Department of Public Safety. The Office of State-Wide Emergency Telecommunications shall be responsible for developing and maintaining a state-wide emergency service telecommunications policy. In connection with said policy the office shall: (1) Develop a state-wide emergency service telecommunications plan specifying emergency police, fire and medical service telecommunications systems needed to provide coordinated emergency service telecommunications to all state residents, including the physically disabled; (2) PURSUANT TO THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE TASK FORCE ESTABLISHED BY PUBLIC ACT 95-318 TO STUDY ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS ADOPTED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (b) OF THIS SECTION, DEVELOP AND ADMINISTER, BY JULY 1, 1997, AN ENHANCED EMERGENCY 9-1-1 PROGRAM, WHICH SHALL PROVIDE FOR: (A) THE REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING 9-1-1 TERMINAL EQUIPMENT FOR EACH PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT, (B) THE SUBSIDIZATION OF REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTERS, WITH ENHANCED SUBSIDIZATION FOR MUNICIPALITIES WITH A POPULATION IN EXCESS OF SEVENTY THOUSAND, (C) THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A TRANSITION GRANT PROGRAM TO ENCOURAGE REGIONALIZATION OF PUBLIC SAFETY TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTERS, AND (D) THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A REGIONAL EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE CREDIT IN ORDER TO SUPPORT REGIONAL DISPATCH SERVICES; [(2)] (3) Provide technical telecommunications assistance to state and local police, fire and emergency medical service agencies; [(3)] (4) Provide frequency coordination for such agencies; [(4)] (5) Coordinate and assist in state-wide planning for 911 and E911 systems; [(5)] (6) Review and make recommendations concerning proposed legislation affecting emergency service telecommunications; and [(6)] (7) Review and make recommendations to the General Assembly concerning emergency service telecommunications funding.

(b) The Commissioner of Public Safety shall adopt regulations, in accordance with chapter 54, establishing eligibility standards for state financial assistance to local or regional police, fire and emergency medical service agencies providing emergency service telecommunications. NOT LATER THAN APRIL 1, 1997, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL ADOPT REGULATIONS, IN ACCORDANCE WITH CHAPTER 54, IN ORDER TO CARRY OUT THE PROVISIONS OF SUBDIVISION (2) OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION.

(c) WITHIN A TIME PERIOD DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER TO ENSURE THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FOR THE FISCAL YEAR BEGINNING JULY 1, 1997, TO THE REGIONAL PUBLIC SAFETY EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS CENTERS WITHIN THE STATE, AND NOT LATER THAN APRIL FIRST OF EACH YEAR THEREAFTER, THE COMMISSIONER SHALL DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF FUNDING NEEDED FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE ENHANCED EMERGENCY 9-1-1 PROGRAM. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL SPECIFY THE EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH (1) THE PURCHASE, INSTALLATION, AND MAINTENANCE OF NEW PUBLIC SAFETY ANSWERING POINT TERMINAL EQUIPMENT, (2) THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE SUBSIDY PROGRAM, AS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION (2) OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, (3) THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE TRANSITION GRANT PROGRAM, DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION (2) OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, (4) THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE REGIONAL EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE CREDIT, AS DESCRIBED IN SUBDIVISION (2) OF SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, (5) THE TRAINING OF PERSONNEL, AS NECESSARY, (6) RECURRING EXPENSES AND FUTURE CAPITAL COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE TELECOMMUNICATIONS NETWORK USED TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY 9-1-1 SERVICE, AND (7) THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE ENHANCED EMERGENCY 9-1-1 PROGRAM BY THE OFFICE OF STATE-WIDE EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATIONS, AS THE COMMISSIONER DETERMINES TO BE REASONABLY NECESSARY. THE COMMISSIONER SHALL COMMUNICATE HIS FINDINGS TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE PUBLIC UTILITY CONTROL AUTHORITY NOT LATER THAN APRIL FIRST OF EACH YEAR.

[(c)] (d) The office may apply for, receive and distribute any federal funds available for emergency service telecommunications. THE OFFICE SHALL DEPOSIT SUCH FEDERAL FUNDS IN THE ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND ESTABLISHED BY SECTION 28-30a, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 2 OF THIS ACT.

[(d)](e) The office shall work in cooperation with the Department of Public Utility Control to carry out the purposes of this section.

Sec. 2. Section 28-30a of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) There is established a fund to be known as the ["Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Fund"] "ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND". The fund shall contain any moneys required by law to be deposited in the fund [and] INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY FEDERAL FUNDS COLLECTED PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (d) OF SECTION 28-24, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, AND FEES ASSESSED AGAINST SUBSCRIBERS OF LOCAL TELEPHONE SERVICE AND SUBSCRIBERS OF COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICES, PURSUANT TO SECTION 16-256g, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 3 OF THIS ACT. THE ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND shall be held separate and apart from all other moneys, funds and accounts. Interest derived from the investment of the fund shall be credited to the assets of the fund. Any balance remaining in the fund at the end of any fiscal year shall be carried forward in the fund for the fiscal year next succeeding.

(b) The State Treasurer, in consultation with the Secretary of the Office of Policy and Management, shall invest the moneys deposited in the [Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Fund] ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND in the Short-Term Investment Fund authorized under section 3-27a or investments in which the Treasurer may invest assets of the trust funds which are listed in section 3-13c.

(c) The resources of the [Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Fund shall be applied and expended only for the support of activities relative to the delivery of telecommunicator training programs] ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND SHALL BE USED SOLELY TO FUND THE EXPENSES, AS DETERMINED BY THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY IN ACCORDANCE WITH SUBSECTION (c) OF SECTION 28-24, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, ASSOCIATED WITH THE ENHANCED EMERGENCY 9-1-1 PROGRAM. ANY SURPLUS SHALL BE CARRIED FORWARD TO SUCCESSIVE FISCAL YEARS AND USED FOR THE SOLE PURPOSE OF ADMINISTERING THE ENHANCED EMERGENCY 9-1-1 PROGRAM.

Sec. 3. Section 16-256g of the general statutes is repealed and the following is substituted in lieu thereof:

(a) BY JUNE FIRST OF EACH YEAR, THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC UTILITY CONTROL SHALL CONDUCT A PROCEEDING TO DETERMINE THE AMOUNT OF THE MONTHLY FEE TO BE ASSESSED AGAINST EACH SUBSCRIBER OF LOCAL TELEPHONE SERVICE AND EACH SUBSCRIBER OF COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE, AS DEFINED IN 47 CFR SECTION 20.3, TO FUND THE DEVELOPMENT AND ADMINISTRATION OF THE ENHANCED EMERGENCY 9-1-1 PROGRAM. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL BASE SUCH FEE ON THE FINDINGS OF THE COMMISSIONER OF PUBLIC SAFETY, PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (c) OF SECTION 28-24, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1 OF THIS ACT, TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION ANY EXISTING MONEYS AVAILABLE IN THE ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL CONSIDER THE PROGRESSIVE WIRE LINE INCLUSION SCHEDULE CONTAINED IN THE FINAL REPORT OF THE TASK FORCE TO STUDY ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICES ESTABLISHED BY PUBLIC ACT 95-318. THE DEPARTMENT SHALL NOT APPROVE ANY FEE GREATER THAN FIFTY CENTS PER MONTH PER ACCESS LINE NOR SHALL IT APPROVE ANY FEE THAT DOES NOT INCLUDE THE PROGRESSIVE WIRE LINE INCLUSION SCHEDULE.

(b) [Each domestic telephone company, as defined in section 16-1,] ON AND AFTER JUNE 1, 1997, EACH TELEPHONE OR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY PROVIDING LOCAL TELEPHONE SERVICE AND EACH PROVIDER OF COMMERCIAL MOBILE RADIO SERVICE shall assess AGAINST each subscriber, [two cents per annum] THE FEE ESTABLISHED BY THE DEPARTMENT PURSUANT TO SUBSECTION (a) OF THIS SECTION, which shall be deposited in the [Public Safety Telecommunicator Training Fund established by section 28-30a] ENHANCED 9-1-1 TELECOMMUNICATIONS FUND.

Sec. 4. Section 16-19y of the general statutes is repealed.

Sec. 5. This act shall take effect from its passage.

Approved May 31, 1996. Effective May 31, 1996.

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