Colorado Legislative Council Staff


Drafting Number:

Prime Sponsor(s):

LLS 98-864

Rep. May

Sen. Schroeder


Bill Status:

Fiscal Analyst:

April 24, 1998

House Bus. Affairs

Scott Nachtrieb (866-4752)



Summary of Assessment

            The bill states that there is a need for state agencies to plan and coordinate telecommunications technology purchases to achieve economies of scale and allow the state to function as an "anchor tenant" to encourage private investment in telecommunications infrastructure throughout the state. The bill would add the development of a schedule for the coordinated deployment of state equipment at designated aggregated network access points (ANAPs) located in each county to the existing long-range telecommunications plan that is being developed by the Information Management Commission within the Department of Personnel. The recommended plan and schedule would be submitted to the Governor and the Information Management Commission for approval and subject to review by the General Assembly. The department would also maintain a data base and clearing house of technical data and other information useful to all state departments, institutions, and agencies for telecommunications planning and purchasing. The Department of Higher Education would have to have their local and internal telecommunications networks certified by the Information Management Commission to determine that they are technically compatible. The bill would become effective upon the Governor’s signature.

            The development and maintenance of a database in the Department of Personnel and the addition of a plan for the coordinated purchase and deployment of telecommunications equipment would not create additional expenditures for the department. Information that would reside in the database would be collected under existing law for the long-range plan. Providing the information to other agencies in a usable format would not require additional resources. The development of a plan in conjunction with the existing requirements for a long-range plan would not create additional expenditures. The bill would not change existing revenues, expenditures, or workloads for state or local governments. Therefore, this bill is assessed as having no fiscal impact.

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