Florida Senate - 2020 CS for SB 788 By the Committee on Infrastructure and Security; and Senator Book 596-02231-20 2020788c1 1 A bill to be entitled 2 An act relating to emergency preparedness; creating s. 3 943.688, F.S.; requiring the Department of Law 4 Enforcement, in consultation with law enforcement 5 agencies throughout the state, to establish a uniform 6 statewide rule on preparing for and responding to 7 active assailant situations; providing minimum rule 8 requirements; requiring each law enforcement agency to 9 adopt an active assailant policy or rule, as 10 appropriate, by a specified date; requiring the 11 department to adopt rules; creating s. 1006.121, F.S.; 12 requiring certain district school boards to develop 13 and execute specified interlocal agreements with 14 certain law enforcement agencies, local fire 15 departments, and local emergency medical services 16 organizations for specified purposes; requiring the 17 State Board of Education, in consultation with the 18 State Fire Marshal and the department, to establish 19 rules; providing a declaration of important state 20 interest; providing effective dates. 21 22 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida: 23 24 Section 1. Section 943.688, Florida Statutes, is created to 25 read: 26 943.688 Statewide active assailant response planning.— 27 (1) The department, in consultation with law enforcement 28 agencies throughout the state and considering the unique needs 29 of different geographic regions where those agencies are 30 located, shall establish a uniform statewide rule on minimum 31 standards and requirements for how each law enforcement agency 32 in the state must prepare and respond to active assailant 33 situations within their jurisdictions. At a minimum, the uniform 34 statewide rule must address all of the following: 35 (a) Detailed procedures for how to respond to a report of 36 an alleged active assailant. 37 (b) Detailed procedures for how communications and 38 notifications will be handled with all affected parties and the 39 media. 40 (c) Detailed procedures for who from the appropriate law 41 enforcement agency will respond and how they will do so. This 42 includes having a designated person and an alternate person who 43 have been trained or certified on how to handle active assailant 44 situations. 45 (d) Primary and alternate routes to potential targets 46 within each law enforcement agency’s jurisdiction. 47 (2) Each law enforcement agency in this state shall enact a 48 policy or rule, as appropriate, on active assailant preparedness 49 and response by no later than July 1, 2021. The policy or rule 50 enacted must, at a minimum, include the uniform statewide rule 51 that the department adopts under subsection (1). 52 (3) The department shall adopt rules to administer this 53 section. 54 Section 2. Effective July 1, 2020, section 1006.121, 55 Florida Statutes, is created to read: 56 1006.121 School district communication with first 57 responders.— 58 (1) The district school board of any school district that 59 has local law enforcement officers on school grounds pursuant to 60 s. 1006.12 must develop and execute an interlocal agreement with 61 the local sheriff’s office or other local law enforcement 62 agency, the local fire department, and the local emergency 63 medical services organization to create, at a minimum, all of 64 the following: 65 (a) Protocols to connect the school district to the 66 appropriate dispatch centers pursuant to s. 365.179. 67 (b) Protocols for proper communication between law 68 enforcement agencies, the local fire department, and the local 69 emergency medical services organization and the school district. 70 (c) Protocols to share resources relating to mental health 71 services. 72 (d) Protocols and requirements for joint recurrent training 73 of local law enforcement officers assigned to a school and the 74 law enforcement agency, the local fire department, and the local 75 emergency medical services organization. 76 (e) Protocols and requirements for interoperable 77 communication between the school district and the law 78 enforcement agency, the local fire department, and the local 79 emergency medical services organization. 80 (2) The State Board of Education, in consultation with the 81 State Fire Marshal and the Department of Law Enforcement, shall 82 adopt rules to administer this section. 83 Section 3. The Legislature finds and declares that this act 84 fulfills an important state interest. 85 Section 4. Except as otherwise expressly provided in this 86 act, this act shall take effect upon becoming a law.