Florida Senate - 2019                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. CS for SB 536
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/19/2019           .                                

       The Committee on Appropriations (Brandes) recommended the
    1         Senate Amendment (with directory and title amendments)
    3         Delete lines 230 - 307
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 2. Section 365.177, Florida Statutes, is created to
    6  read:
    7         365.177Transfer of E911 calls between systems.—
    8         (1)The office shall develop a plan by February 1, 2020, to
    9  require that a 911 public safety telecommunicator, when deemed
   10  prudent and requested by a caller or when deemed necessary, be
   11  able to transfer an emergency call from one local,
   12  multijurisdictional, or regional E911 system to another local,
   13  multijurisdictional, or regional E911 system in this state.
   14         (2)In developing this plan, the office shall:
   15         (a)Coordinate with public agencies to identify and resolve
   16  any technological or logistical issues in implementing this
   17  section.
   18         (b)Identify or establish a system or clearinghouse for
   19  maintaining contact information for all E911 systems in this
   20  state.
   21         (c)Establish a date, considering any technological,
   22  logistical, financial, or other identified issues, by which all
   23  E911 systems in this state must be able to transfer emergency
   24  calls pursuant to subsection (1).
   25         Section 3. (1)The Legislature finds that an important
   26  state interest is served in protecting the public safety by
   27  ensuring that 911 telecommunications are routed to the most
   28  appropriate 911 system in the most expeditious manner possible.
   29  A proper and legitimate state purpose is achieved when local
   30  government 911 public safety telecommunicators are able to
   31  transfer, and receive transfers of, emergency calls to and from
   32  other local, multijurisdictional, or regional E911 systems in
   33  this state.
   34         (2)The Legislature also finds that an important state
   35  interest is served in protecting the public safety by ensuring
   36  that text-to-911 service is available in all counties of this
   37  state. A proper and legitimate state purpose is achieved when
   38  text-to-911 service is made available statewide to ensure that
   39  persons who cannot speak or whose safety may be compromised by
   40  speaking in emergency situations will have access to the 911
   41  system. Provision of this service statewide will prevent
   42  confusion concerning the availability of the service in
   43  particular areas.
   44         (3)The Legislature also finds that an important state
   45  interest is served in protecting the public safety by ensuring
   46  that each 911 public safety answering point is capable of direct
   47  radio communications with first responder agency dispatchers
   48  within the surrounding area for which the public safety
   49  answering point would not otherwise provide dispatch. A proper
   50  and legitimate state purpose is achieved when a public safety
   51  answering point that receives an emergency communication is able
   52  to save crucial time by immediately conveying critical emergency
   53  information to first responder agency dispatchers to dispatch
   54  first responders.
   55         (4)Therefore, the Legislature finds and declares that this
   56  act fulfills an important state interest.
   57         Section 4. Section 365.179, Florida Statutes, is created to
   58  read:
   59         365.179Direct radio communication between 911 public
   60  safety answering points and first responders.—
   61         (1)As used in this section, the term:
   62         (a)“First responder agency” includes each law enforcement
   63  agency and fire service agency, other than a state agency, and
   64  each emergency medical services provider, that is designated as
   65  a primary first responder for the service area in which a 911
   66  public safety answering point receives 911 calls.
   67         (b)“911 public safety answering point” or “PSAP” means a
   68  municipal or county emergency communications or 911 call center
   69  in this state that receives cellular, landline, or text-to-911
   70  communications.
   71         (2)Each sheriff, in collaboration with all first responder
   72  agency heads in his or her county, shall facilitate the
   73  development and execution of written interlocal agreements
   74  between all primary first responder agencies within the county.
   75  Each agreement must establish written protocols that outline
   76  circumstances and public safety emergencies under which a PSAP
   77  will directly provide by radio notice of an emergency to the on
   78  duty dispatcher of a first responder agency for which the PSAP
   79  does not provide primary dispatch functions. Each agreement must
   80  require the PSAP to have direct radio contact with primary first
   81  responder agencies and their dispatchers, for which the PSAP may
   82  reasonably receive 911 communications, without having to
   83  transfer a 911 communication to another PSAP or dispatch center
   84  for dispatch. The method of complying with this requirement
   85  shall be established by the first responder agency heads and set
   86  forth in each interlocal agreement.
   87         (3)Each PSAP must be capable of immediately broadcasting
   88  911 communications or public safety information over the primary
   89  radio dispatch channels of each first responder agency in the
   90  county it serves where the PSAP may reasonably receive 911 calls
   91  in the first responder’s service area. If a county or
   92  jurisdiction has multiple PSAPs, each PSAP must have this
   93  capability.
   94         (4)Unless technologically precluded due to radio
   95  incompatibility, upon written request from a law enforcement
   96  agency head, a law enforcement agency head in the same county or
   97  in an adjacent jurisdiction in another county must authorize the
   98  requesting agency to install the responding agency’s primary
   99  dispatch channel or channels in the requesting agency’s PSAP,
  100  dispatch center, or mobile or portable radios.
  101         (5)Each primary first responder agency, PSAP, and dispatch
  102  center within each county shall train all applicable personnel
  103  regarding the procedures and protocols specified in the
  104  interlocal agreements made pursuant to this section. This
  105  training shall also include radio functionality and how to
  106  readily access the necessary dispatch channels in accordance
  107  with the interlocal agreements.
  108         (6)By January 1, 2020, each sheriff shall provide to the
  109  Department of Law Enforcement:
  110         (a)A copy of each interlocal agreement made between the
  111  primary first responder agencies within his or her county
  112  pursuant to this section; and
  113         (b)Written certification that all PSAPs in his or her
  114  county are in compliance with this section.
  116  ====== D I R E C T O R Y  C L A U S E  A M E N D M E N T ======
  117  And the directory clause is amended as follows:
  118         Delete lines 33 - 36
  119  and insert:
  120         Section 5. Subsection (3) of section 365.172, Florida
  121  Statutes, is amended to read:
  123  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
  124  And the title is amended as follows:
  125         Delete lines 4 - 28
  126  and insert:
  127         creating s. 365.177, F.S.; requiring that the
  128         Technology Program within the Department of Management
  129         Services develop a plan to require that emergency
  130         dispatchers be able to transfer an emergency call from
  131         one E911 system to another E911 system in this state;
  132         providing a declaration of important state interest;
  133         creating s. 365.179, F.S.; defining the terms “first
  134         responder agency” and “911 public safety answering
  135         point”; requiring each sheriff, in collaboration with
  136         certain first responder agencies, to enter into
  137         specified written agreements; requiring each agreement
  138         to require a PSAP to be able to directly communicate
  139         with first responder agencies; requiring each PSAP to
  140         be able to broadcast certain emergency communications
  141         and public safety information; requiring law
  142         enforcement agency heads to authorize the installation
  143         of their agency’s dispatch channels on certain other
  144         law enforcement agency radios, upon request; providing
  145         an exception; requiring each county sheriff to certify
  146         compliance in writing with the Department of Law
  147         Enforcement by a specified date; providing an