BILL SUMMARY for SB09-122
SENATE COMMITTEE ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND ENERGY
|Votes: View--> ||Action Taken: |
|Adopt amendment L.001 (Attachment F) but strike li|
Adopt amendment L.004 (Attachment B). After discu
Adopt amendment L.005 (Attachment C). The motion
Adopt amendment L.007 (Attachment D). The motion
Refer Senate Bill 09-122, as amended, to the Commi
|Pass Without Objection|
Pass Without Objection
02:59 PM -- Senate Bill 09-122
The committee came back to order. Senator Dan Gibbs, prime sponsor, presented Senate Bill 09-122, which requires the Office of Preparedness, Security, and Fire Safety to notify and release the report of any security assessment conducted on any critical state infrastructure, such as a water supply system or telecommunications network, to the county sheriff in the county in which the critical state infrastructure is located. Senator Gibbs made introductory remarks about the bill. He distributed and spoke to amendment L.004 (Attachment B), amendment L.005 (Attachment C), and amendment L.007 (Attachment D). Committee members also received a New York Times editorial "Cracking the Homeland Security Monolith," distributed by Senator Gibbs (Attachment E). Senator Gibbs addressed potential concerns with the bill.
The following people testified on the bill:
03:10 PM -- Mr. Peter Weir, representing the Department of Public Safety, and Mr. Kevin Klein, representing the Division of Fire Safety, spoke in opposition to the bill. Mr. Weir said, as drafted, the bill makes citizens less safe rather than more safe because control over sensitive information will be lost. He told the committee that there is already participation by local law enforcement agencies regarding the assessment of risk at critical state infrastructures. Mr. Klein spoke about a new program, Consultation / Automated Asset Management System (ACAMS), that makes some information about risk at critical infrastructures available to local law enforcement officials. Mr. Klein addressed questions about ACAMS training, which instructs local first responders in the assessment of risk at critical state infrastructures. Discussion ensued.
03:27 PM -- Discussion continued about available training for first responders in assessing risk at critical infrastructures. Senator Gibbs addressed a question about the need to provide notification to county sheriffs and police chiefs regarding risk assessments of critical state infrastructure. He said his bill narrows the number of people who will have access to this information. Mr. Weir spoke to amendment L.004. He then spoke to certain incidents at critical infrastructures.
03:35 PM -- General Mason Whitney, representing the Governor's Office of Homeland Security, spoke in opposition to the bill. General Whitney said the bill is trying to solve a problem that does not need to be solved. He said the ACAMS program gives first responders access to the needed information regarding critical state infrastructures. He also remarked that most facilities in the state are not state-owned and will not be addressed by this bill, (as amended by amendment L.007). General Whitney addressed questions from the committee.
03:40 PM -- Mr. Robert Olislager, representing Centennial Airport, spoke in opposition to the bill. Mr. Olislager said the bill will allow information to be shared with many people who do not need to know highly sensitive information about critical infrastructures. Mr. Olislager addressed questions from the committee.
03:48 PM -- Mr. Tim Gablehouse, representing the Colorado Emergency Preparedness Partnership, spoke in opposition to the bill. Mr. Gablehouse said that when a business agrees to a risk assessment it is disclosing sensitive information. He added that the ACAMS system is sufficient and that Senate Bill 09-122 is not needed.
03:58 PM -- Sheriff John Minor, representing the County Sheriffs of Colorado, spoke in support of the bill. Sheriff Minor said local sheriffs are the first responders to critical incidents and stressed the importance of having information about critical state infrastructures available prior to an incident.
04:04 PM -- Mr. Rick Holman, representing the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Holman told the committee that state police chiefs are looking for a way to access information about risk at critical state infrastructures. He said the ACAMS system may provide the needed information.
04:08 PM -- Mr. Joel Cochran, representing Summit County Government, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Cochran explained the need to have access to information about risk assessments for emergency preparedness planners. He said a computer system is not an acceptable substitute to a report provided to county sheriffs and chiefs of police about potential risk at critical state infrastructures. Senator Foster spoke about her experience with emergency preparedness planning. Discussion ensued. Mr. Cochran addressed questions from the committee about materials made available to emergency preparedness planners.
04:25 PM -- Ms. Jeannie Bernard, representing the Building Owners and Management Association, spoke in support of amendment L.007. Ms. Bernard addressed questions from the committee about who should have access to information about critical state infrastructures. Discussion ensued about current practice regarding the format and storage of completed risk assessments.
04:31 PM -- Mr. Joseph Gargan, representing the American Society for Industrial Security, spoke in support of the bill. Mr. Gargan addressed questions from the committee.
Senator Gibbs made some concluding remarks about the bill and amendments L.004, L.005, and L.007. The committee discussed which local authorities should have access to risk assessment reports about critical state infrastructures. Senator Cadman expressed some concerns about the bill. Discussion ensued about the possible inclusion of ACAMS in the language of the bill and the possibility of adding a sunset provision in section 2 of the bill. Discussion continued about other possible amendments to the bill.
|TIME: || 04:49:49 PM|
|MOTION:||Refer Senate Bill 09-122, as amended, to the Committee of the Whole with a favorable recommendation. The motion carried on a vote of 5-2.|
Final YES: 5 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
|TIME: || 05:01:26 PM|
|MOTION:||Adopt amendment L.007 (Attachment D). The motion carried on a vote of 5-2.|
Not Final YES: 5 NO: 2 EXC: 0 ABS: 0 FINAL ACTION: PASS
Prior to the vote, Senator Gibbs briefly explained amendment L.007. Senator Newell expressed her concerns with the amendment. Discussion ensued.
Prior to the vote, discussion ensued about a potential conceptual amendment.
Prior to the vote, Senator Gibbs briefly explained amendment L.004. Senator Hodge distributed and spoke to amendment L.001 (Attachment F.)
Prior to the vote Mr. Klein returned to the table to address questions about the federal standards referenced in amendment L.001.
The committee adjourned.