language to be deleted (2) new language
relating to public safety; expanding and updating the authority of the Statewide Radio Board to include the latest emergency communication technologies; authorizing the Statewide Radio Board to elect to become a statewide emergency communication board; including tribal governments in regional radio board structure; providing comprehensive authority under board to address all emergency communications; providing for rulemaking; requiring a study;
amending Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 403.21, subdivisions 2, 13, by adding a subdivision; 403.37, subdivision 1; 403.38; 403.39; 403.40, subdivision 2; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 403; repealing Minnesota Statutes 2012, sections 403.21, subdivision 6; 403.33.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:
"Board" or "radio board" means the Statewide Radio Board.
"Regional radio board" or "regional board" means a regional radio board established under section 403.39.
In addition to any other powers specifically provided by law, the Statewide Radio Board has the powers given in this section.
Notwithstanding any provision to the contrary in sections 403.21 to 403.40, the Statewide Radio Board has the final authority over technical and operational standards necessary to provide for the development and implementation of a statewide backbone that maximizes the integration of the public safety radio communication system throughout the state, including the backbone previously established by the Metropolitan Radio Board. Technical and operational standards that do not interfere with the integration of the system may be established locally or regionally.
Notwithstanding the provisions of section 471.59, subdivision 1, requiring commonality of powers, two or more counties or a city and one or more counties within a region defined in the statewide radio board's project plan under section 403.36, through action of their governing bodies, by adoption of a joint powers agreement that complies with section 471.59, subdivisions 1 to 5, may establish a regional radio board to implement, maintain, and operate regional and local improvements to the statewide, shared, trunked radio and communication system provided for in section 403.36. Membership in a regional radio board shall include one county commissioner appointed by each respective county board party to the joint powers agreement and an elected official from any city party to the joint powers agreement, and may include additional members whose qualifications are specified in the joint powers agreement.
In addition to the powers enumerated in section 471.59, a regional radio board, as necessary and convenient to implement regional and local improvements to the statewide, shared, trunked radio and communication system provided for in section 403.36, has the following powers:
(1) to establish bylaws and other organizational procedures consistent with the terms of the joint powers agreement;
(2) to apply for and hold licenses for public safety frequencies to be used in regional and local improvements, including a regional data system;
(3) to set or adopt regional performance and technical standards, subject to review by the Statewide Radio Board, that do not interfere with the backbone or interoperability infrastructure administered by the Statewide Radio Board;
(4) to enter into contracts necessary to carry out its responsibilities;
(5) to acquire by purchase, lease, gift, or grant, property, both real and personal, and interests in property necessary for the accomplishment of its purposes and to sell or otherwise dispose of property it no longer requires; and
(6) to contract with the state of Minnesota, through the commissioner of transportation, for construction, ownership, operation, and maintenance of regional or local improvements to the statewide, shared, trunked radio and communication system.
Where a regional radio board has been established in accordance with this section, local governments and other public entities eligible under part 90 of the FCC rules to operate upon a statewide, shared public safety radio and communication system within the region covered by the regional radio board must coordinate its implementation through one of the parties to the joint powers agreement. For purposes of grants made available by the Department of Public Safety, a regional radio board is entitled to apply for and receive a grant on behalf of one or more counties who are a party to the joint powers agreement.
The Statewide Radio Board may establish the following additional advisory committees with representatives from each region of implementation to advise on the following topical areas:
(1) a committee of users representing all regions where the system backbone has been implemented to make recommendations on how capital and operating costs of the system should be apportioned among users, including the cost of additional participants;
(2) a systems manager committee to make recommendations on performance and operational standards for the system to the extent that performance and operational standards impact the operation of the system backbone and interoperability infrastructure; and
(3) an operations and technical committee to make recommendations on the plan and operational issues related to the technical aspects of the system backbone and interoperability infrastructure.
Presented to the governor April 29, 2013
Signed by the governor May 1, 2013, 4:05 p.m.