Bill Text: NJ S3148 | 2020-2021 | Regular Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Establishes central registry of residents with special needs for use during emergencies.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-11-05 - Introduced in the Senate, Referred to Senate Law and Public Safety Committee [S3148 Detail]

Download: New_Jersey-2020-S3148-Introduced.html

SENATE, No. 3148

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

219th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED NOVEMBER 5, 2020

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator  NELLIE POU

District 35 (Bergen and Passaic)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Establishes central registry of residents with special needs for use during emergencies.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning a central registry of residents with special needs for use in an emergency and supplementing P.L.1989, c.3 (C.52:17C-1 et seq.).

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    a.   The Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services in the Office of Information Technology shall establish a central registry of residents with special needs who require additional assistance provided to them during an emergency.  The office shall maintain the central registry created pursuant to this section, which shall be composed of information voluntarily provided by each registrant including, but not limited to, the registrant's address, telephone number, and particular condition or assistance needs.

     b.    The office shall provide to each municipal, county, and regional police department, fire department, and emergency service organization a list of residents with special needs that have registered with the central registry and who reside in a municipality, county, or region that the police department, fire department, or emergency service organization serves.

     c.     The office shall conduct a public awareness campaign, utilizing the Internet and any other available resources, to inform the public of the importance of identifying and registering individuals with special needs prior to an emergency so that appropriate preparations may be made to ensure that these individuals receive necessary assistance during an emergency.

     d.    Municipal, county, and regional police departments, fire departments, and emergency service organizations shall use information collected for purposes of a central registry created pursuant to this section to prepare for and provide assistance to residents with special needs when responding to 9-1-1 calls and other emergencies, and shall not otherwise divulge or make the information publicly available. 

     e.     The Director of the State Office of Emergency Management, at the director's discretion, may access and obtain information from the central registry to prepare an Emergency Operations Plan required pursuant to section 19 of P.L.1989, c.222 (C.App.A:9-43.2).

     f.     The central registry maintained by the office and any information contained therein, or accessed and provided to municipal, county, and regional police departments, fire departments, and emergency service organizations in accordance with subsection b. of this section, or accessed and provided to the Director of the State Office of Emergency Management in accordance with subsection e. of this section, shall not be included

under materials available for public inspection pursuant to P.L.1963, c.73 (C.47:1A-1 et seq.) or P.L.2001, c.404 (C.47:1A-5 et al.).

     g.    The provisions of this section shall not limit the ability of a county to establish its own central registry of residents with special needs who require additional assistance provided to them during an emergency pursuant to section 6 of P.L.2011, c.178 (C.App.A:9-43.13).

 

     2.    This act shall take effect immediately.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill requires the Office of Emergency Telecommunications Services ("office") in the Office of Information Technology to establish a central registry of residents with special needs who require additional assistance provided to them during an emergency.  The bill enables residents to voluntarily register individuals with special needs with the office and provide the registrant's address, telephone number, and particular condition or assistance needs. 

     The bill requires the office to provide to each municipal, county, and regional police department, fire department, and emergency service organization a list of residents with special needs that have registered with the central registry and who reside in a jurisdiction that the department or organization serves.  Municipal, county, and regional police departments, fire departments, and emergency service organizations are directed to use information collected for the central registry to assist residents with special needs when responding to 9-1-1 calls and other emergencies.  The Director of the State Office of Emergency Management may access and obtain information from the central registry to prepare an Emergency Operations Plan.  Under the bill, the office may only divulge the information collected to municipal, county, and regional police departments, fire departments, and emergency service organizations and the Director of the State Office of Emergency Management.

     The bill also directs the office to conduct a public awareness campaign, utilizing the Internet and any other available resources, to inform the public of the importance of identifying and registering individuals with special needs prior to an emergency so that appropriate preparations may be made to ensure that these individuals receive necessary assistance during an emergency.

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