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8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill creates the Statewide Communications Interoperability Committee.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . creates the Statewide Communications Interoperability Committee and provides its
14 membership, duties, and powers;
15 . authorizes the committee to coordinate and resolve statewide communication
16 issues; and
17 . requires the committee to report to the governor and Public Utilities and
18 Technology Interim Committee.
19 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
21 Other Special Clauses:
23 Utah Code Sections Affected:
25 63F-1-801, Utah Code Annotated 1953
26 63F-1-802, Utah Code Annotated 1953
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 63F-1-801 is enacted to read:
31 63F-1-801. Statewide Communications Interoperability Committee --
32 Membership -- Chair -- Quorum.
33 (1) As used in this part:
34 (a) "Committee" means the Statewide Communications Interoperability Committee.
35 (b) "Interoperability spectrum" means the radio signal transmission spectrum to
36 communicate between agencies as assigned by the Federal Communications Commission.
37 (2) There is created within the department the Statewide Communications
38 Interoperability Committee.
39 (3) (a) The governor shall appoint the following 25 committee members:
40 (i) except as provided in Subsection (4), five representatives from counties of the first
41 or second class who are in:
42 (A) law enforcement or fire service; and
43 (B) a leadership position with radio communication experience;
44 (ii) one representative each of six associations of government from rural Utah that
45 represent counties not represented in Subsection (3)(a)(i);
46 (iii) one representative of the Utah Communications Agency Network established
47 under Title 63C, Chapter 7, Utah Communications Agency Network Act;
48 (iv) one representative of the Native American tribes;
49 (v) one representative of the Utah National Guard;
50 (vi) one representative of an association that represents chiefs of police;
51 (vii) one representative of an association that represents sheriffs;
52 (viii) one representative of an association that represents fire chiefs; and
53 (ix) one representative of an association that represents urban security efforts.
54 (b) The following shall also be committee members:
55 (i) the chief information officer or the chief information officer's designee;
56 (ii) the commissioner of the Department of Public Safety or the commissioner's
58 (iii) the executive director of the Department of Transportation or the executive
59 director's designee;
60 (iv) the executive director of the Department of Corrections or the executive director 's
62 (v) the executive director of the Department of Natural Resources or the executive
63 director's designee;
64 (vi) the director of the Department of Health or the director's designee; and
65 (vii) the executive director of the Department of Technology Services or the executive
66 director's designee.
67 (4) Subject to Subsection (3)(a)(i), if a member of law enforcement cannot be seated,
68 then a representative who has leadership experience in radio communications and public safety
69 shall be seated.
70 (5) (a) The term of office of each member described in Subsection (3)(a) is four years.
71 (b) Notwithstanding the requirements of Subsection (5)(a), the committee chair with
72 the approval of the governor shall, at the time of appointment or reappointment, adjust the
73 length of terms to stagger the terms of committee members so that approximately 1/2 of the
74 committee members are appointed every two years.
75 (c) A mid-term vacancy shall be filled for the unexpired term in the same manner as an
76 appointment under Subsection (3)(a).
77 (6) (a) The chief information officer shall serve as the committee chair.
78 (b) (i) The committee members shall elect a vice-chair from their number; and
79 (ii) the vice-chair shall rotate among representatives described in Subsection (3)(a)
80 every year.
81 (c) The committee shall establish bylaws for the organization and operation of the
83 (7) (a) A majority of the committee constitutes a quorum for voting purposes.
84 (b) All actions shall be by majority vote of the quorum in attendance.
85 (8) The committee:
86 (a) may meet as often as necessary to perform its duties; and
87 (b) shall meet at least monthly.
88 (9) The department shall provide staff services to the committee.
89 (10) (a) No member may receive compensation or benefits for the member's service on
90 the committee.
91 (b) A committee member is not required to give a bond for the performance of official
93 (11) (a) The committee may create an executive committee from its number to:
94 (i) plan agendas;
95 (ii) call committee meetings; and
96 (iii) meet as often as necessary, at the call of the chair.
97 (b) The committee may establish subcommittees and working groups to address
98 wireless technology coordination and communication issues among agencies providing vital
99 services to citizens.
100 (12) The committee does not have the authority to require expenditure of public funds.
101 Section 2. Section 63F-1-802 is enacted to read:
102 63F-1-802. Duties and powers.
103 (1) The Statewide Communications Interoperability Committee shall:
104 (a) promote wireless technology information and interoperability among local, state,
105 federal, and other agencies;
106 (b) provide a mechanism for coordinating and resolving wireless communication issues
107 among local, state, federal, and other agencies;
108 (c) coordinate statewide efforts for implementation of interoperable statewide voice
109 and data networks;
110 (d) improve data and information sharing and coordination of multi-jurisdictional
112 (e) leverage existing state resources and develop a network that will provide seamless,
113 coordinated, and integrated communication for local, state, federal, and other agencies;
114 (f) identify opportunities to consolidate infrastructures and technologies;
115 (g) evaluate current technologies and determine if they are meeting the needs of agency
116 personnel in respective service areas;
117 (h) develop and recommend short- and long-term proposals for future communication
119 (i) form memorandums of understanding between agencies in support of proactive
120 planning efforts;
121 (j) create and maintain procedures for requesting interoperability channels; and
122 (k) administer the interoperability spectrum.
123 (2) (a) The committee shall prepare and present, by November 30 of each year, a brief
124 annual report for the governor and the Public Utilities and Technology Interim Committee.
125 (b) The annual report described in Subsection (2)(a) shall include:
126 (i) the status of state radio communications infrastructure;
127 (ii) recommendations to facilitate radio communications in the future; and
128 (iii) an update on the committee's progress to meet the Federal Communications
129 Commission radio communication requirements.
Legislative Review Note
as of 2-24-09 3:17 PM