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AB-1499 Interoperability systems.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 04/30/2019 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 30, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  March 25, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 1499


Introduced by Assembly Member Flora
(Coauthors: Assembly Members Cooper and Mathis)
(Coauthor: Senator Galgiani)

February 22, 2019


An act to add Article 6.3 (commencing with Section 8592.15) to Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 1499, as amended, Flora. Interoperability systems.
The California Emergency Services Act creates within the office of the Governor the Office of Emergency Services, which is responsible for the state’s emergency and disaster response services, as specified. The Public Safety Communication Act of 2002, among other things, requires the Public Safety Radio Strategic Planning Committee to develop and implement a statewide integrated public safety communication system that facilitates interoperability among state public safety departments and other first response agencies and coordinate other shared uses of the public safety spectrum consistent with decisions and regulations of the Federal Communications Commission.
This bill would require the Office of Emergency Services to establish and operate a grant program, upon appropriation of adequate funds by the Legislature, to provide assistance in obtaining, retrofitting, purchasing, and maintaining invitation and acceptance-based multimedia interoperability systems in K–12 school, community college, and California State University campuses, and University of California campuses, and to enable local fire agencies to enable their systems of communications to be connected to, and coordinated with, communications and security technology systems installed and operating on K–12 school, community college, and California State University campuses, and University of California campuses, as specified.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) The greatest number of K–12 school active shooter incidents since 1970, when data began to be collected, was 2018, with 82 recorded incidents; one every 5 days.
(b) The next highest year was 2006, with 59 incidents; once every 6 days.
(c) California, Texas, and Florida are the top three states in the U.S. with the most incidents.
(d) The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission report to the Governor of Florida, issued January 1, 2019, stated that “School districts and law enforcement agencies should strive for radio interoperability.”
(e) Active shooter incidents on school campuses have demonstrated a heightened need for two-way communication between schools and first responders.
(f) There is a need for live video streams between schools and appropriate first responders.
(g) Schools must control communication and video access.
(h) There is a need for multimedia interoperability to be installed and maintained on our California schoolsites.

SEC. 2.

 Article 6.3 (commencing with Section 8592.15) is added to Chapter 7 of Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
Article  6.3. Interoperability Systems

8592.15.
 (a) The Office of Emergency Services shall establish and operate a grant program, upon appropriation of adequate funds by the Legislature, to provide assistance in obtaining, retrofitting, purchasing, and maintaining invitation and acceptance-based multimedia interoperability systems in K–12 school, community college, and California State University campuses, and University of California campuses, and to enable local fire agencies to enable their systems of communications to be connected to, and coordinated with, communications and security technology systems installed and operating on K–12 school, community college, and California State University campuses, and University of California campuses.
(b) (1) The Office of Emergency Services shall require interoperability systems funded pursuant to the grant program to comply with privacy and technological requirements that are Department of Homeland Security Safety Act Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology-certified and operate in conformance with applicable state and federal privacy protections for students.
(2) The Office of Emergency Services shall develop requirements for funding eligibility relating to the installation and operation of interoperability systems for school safety.