2012 Connecticut General Statutes
Title 28 - Civil Preparedness and Emergency Services
Chapter 517 - Civil Preparedness, Emergency Management and Homeland Security
Section 28-1a - Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security. Powers and duties of commissioner. Regulations. Memorandum of understanding.


CT Gen Stat § 28-1a (2012) What's This?

(a) With reasonable conformance to applicable federal statutes and administrative regulations of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the requirements of the Connecticut emergency operations plan, the Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection shall organize the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and the personnel of said division as may be necessary for the effective discharge of the authorized emergency management, civil preparedness and homeland security missions, including, but not limited to, the provisions of the Connecticut emergency operations plan and the national plan for civil preparedness. Any personnel assigned to said division may be removed by the commissioner for security reasons or for incompetence, subject to reinstatement by the Employees’ Review Board.

(b) The commissioner shall be responsible for: (1) Coordinating with state and local government personnel, agencies and authorities and the private sector to ensure adequate planning, equipment, training and exercise activities by such personnel, agencies and authorities and the private sector with regard to homeland security; (2) coordinating, and as may be necessary, consolidating homeland security communications and communications systems of the state government with state and local government personnel, agencies and authorities, the general public and the private sector; (3) distributing and, as may be appropriate, coordinating the distribution of information and security warnings to state and local government personnel, agencies and authorities and the general public; and (4) establishing standards and security protocols for the use of any intelligence information.

(c) The commissioner may adopt such regulations, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54, as necessary to implement the duties of the department.

(d) The commissioner shall enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Military Department to provide for (1) the temporary assignment of employees of the Military Department to work in the department, and (2) interagency information sharing. Any such personnel temporarily assigned shall act under the direction of the commissioner. The Military Department shall retain administrative control over such personnel.

(e) The commissioner may request and may receive from any federal, state or local agency, cooperation and assistance in the performance of the duties of the department, including the temporary assignment of personnel necessary to perform the functions of the department. Any such personnel temporarily assigned shall act under the direction of the commissioner. The federal, state or local agency shall retain administrative control over such personnel. For purposes of section 5-141d, such personnel temporarily assigned shall be deemed to be acting as state employees while assigned to, and performing the duties of, the department.

(P.A. 77-614, S. 510, 610; P.A. 88-135, S. 5; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-12, S. 2, 10; P.A. 93-206, S. 4, 16; P.A. 99-190, S. 1, 9; P.A. 04-219, S. 13; P.A. 05-265, S. 1; 05-287, S. 6; P.A. 06-196, S. 156; P.A. 11-51, S. 162.)

History: P.A. 88-135 substituted office of “emergency management” for office of “civil preparedness”; May Sp. Sess. P.A. 92-12 deleted phrase “for administrative purposes only” and required said office to be the designated civil defense organization for state; P.A. 93-206 placed office of emergency management within division of fire, emergency and building services, effective July 1, 1993; P.A. 99-190 transferred the Office of Emergency Management from the Division of Fire, Emergency and Building Services within the Department of Public Safety to the Military Department, effective July 1, 1999; P.A. 04-219 eliminated former provisions and substituted provisions establishing Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security within the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only, requiring commissioner to be department head and specifying qualifications and duties of commissioner in Subsec. (a), requiring commissioner to organize department and personnel as necessary for effective discharge of authorized emergency management, civil preparedness and homeland security missions, authorizing removal of any department personnel by commissioner for security reasons or incompetence and authorizing commissioner to enter into contracts for the furnishing of services necessary for the proper execution of the duties of department in Subsec. (b), specifying responsibilities of commissioner in Subsec. (c), authorizing commissioner to adopt regulations in Subsec. (d), requiring commissioner to enter into interagency memorandum of understanding with Department of Public Safety and Military Department in Subsec. (e), and requiring transfer of functions, powers, duties and personnel of Division of Homeland Security within Department of Public Safety and Office of Emergency Management within Military Department to new department in Subsec. (f), effective January 1, 2005; P.A. 05-265 amended Subsec. (e)(1) to provide that the assignment of personnel is temporary, to require that any such personnel temporarily assigned act under the direction of the commissioner, deleting reference to “all such assigned employees” and “sole” direction, and to require Department of Public Safety and Military Department to retain administrative control over such personnel, added new Subsec. (f) allowing commissioner to request and receive cooperation and assistance in the performance of the duties of department from any federal, state or local agency, and redesignated existing Subsec. (f) as Subsec. (g), effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 05-287 amended Subsec. (a) to delete provision placing Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security within the Office of Policy and Management for administrative purposes only, effective July 13, 2005; P.A. 06-196 made technical changes in Subsec. (c), effective June 7, 2006; P.A. 11-51 deleted former Subsec. (a) re Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, redesignated existing Subsecs. (b) to (f) as Subsecs. (a) to (e), amended Subsec. (a) by replacing “commissioner” with “Commissioner of Emergency Services and Public Protection”, by replacing “department” with “Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security”, and by deleting provisions re commissioner entering into contracts for proper execution of duties of department and requiring Attorney General’s approval, amended Subsec. (d) by deleting provisions authorizing commissioner to enter into interagency memorandum of understanding with Department of Public Safety, requiring commissioner to consult with bargaining unit representing state police re such memorandum and requiring such memorandum to provide for retrenchment rights of state police, deleted former Subsec. (g) re transfer of powers, and made conforming changes, effective July 1, 2011.

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