Interim Joint Committee on Seniors, Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection


Minutes of the<MeetNo1> 4th Meeting

of the 2004 Interim


<MeetMDY1> November 4, 2004


The<MeetNo2> 4th meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Seniors, Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection was held on<Day> Thursday,<MeetMDY2> November 4, 2004, at<MeetTime> 10:00 AM, in<Room> Room 131 of the Capitol Annex. Senator Dan Seum, Co-Chair, called the meeting to order, and the secretary called the roll.


Present were:


Members:<Members> Senator Dan Seum, Co-Chair; Representative Mike Weaver, Co-Chair; Senators Tom Buford, Joey Pendleton, Dorsey Ridley, Richard Roeding, Katie Stine, Elizabeth Tori, and Jack Westwood; Representatives Sheldon Baugh, Tom Burch, Bill Farmer, Danny Ford, Mary Harper, Tanya Pullin, Steve Riggs, Tom Riner, Charles Siler, and Dottie Sims.


Guests:  William King, Jr., Julius L. Berthold, Donna M. Masters, Susan Wilkerson, Mike Inman, Randa McCary, Amy Bagette, Ken Mitchell, Mark Farrow, Bill Sullivan, and Terry Tuznik.


LRC Staff:  Scott Varland, Clint Newman, Amy Hauser, and Wanda Riley.


Co-Chair Seum welcomed Senator Dorsey Ridley to the Committee.  He then asked staff to announce that the Senior Citizen's Advisory Commission was meeting at 1:00 pm, at the Capital Plaza Holiday Inn, with dinner scheduled for 6:00 pm.  All Committee members were invited.


Co-Chair Seum asked Joel Schrader, Deputy Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS), to begin his remarks on the annual report entitled "Readiness of the Commonwealth to Respond to Acts of War or Terrorism."  Mr. Schrader relayed apologies to the Committee that the Executive Director of the Office of Homeland Security, Erwin Roberts, could not be present due to meetings with Congressman Hal Rodgers and Tom Ridge, Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security.


Mr. Schrader explained that he is a Deputy Director with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  He is responsible for information and intelligence.  He divided his remarks into three basic sections: an overview of the KOHS, legislation needed for going forward, and an overview of agency summaries included in the annual report.  Governor Fletcher created the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security by Executive Order on May 27, 2004.  Mr. Schrader said that we are safer today than yesterday; and that his testimony would show the reasons.


Mr. Schrader said that the KOHS, the National Guard, Emergency Management, the Secretary of State's Office, the State Board of Elections, the Attorney General's office, the Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, and representatives from the Sheriff's and County Clerks Associations began planning for Election Day several months in advance and as a result the Commonwealth was ready to respond to any emergency.  The National Guard was on standby, the State's Emergency Operation Center (EOC) was on standby with representatives from all relevant agencies, including the FBI, on duty to respond to potential emergencies.  9-1-1 centers across the state knew to report incidents to the EOC, but no events were reported.  Mr. Schrader said that the type of information sharing that took place on Election Day is a model of how homeland security should operate in Kentucky. 


Mr. Schrader said that one of the first changes the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security made after being created was the way that Homeland Security grants are distributed.  Previously, they were awarded to each county, without regard to how the money would be spent in relation to an overall state plan.  In many instances, the counties themselves had no idea what they were going to spend the money on when it was received. In many cases, the money was unspent and the state's objective of getting training and equipment into the hands of first responders was not successful.  When the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security was created, 80 counties had money from fiscal year '02 and/or fiscal year '03 that was not only unspent but also unbudgeted.  Mr. Schrader said that getting this money moving has made our Commonwealth safer. 


Mr. Schrader outlined the competitive grant process.  In order to be eligible to apply for a grant, a county had to budget funds from fiscal years '02 and '03.  The money did not have to be spent, but a county had to have a plan for how that county was going to spend it and what that county was going to use the money for.  Of the 80 counties with previously unbudgeted money, 76 budgeted their funds and became eligible to apply under the new grant process.  Now that the money is budgeted across the state, first responders will get the training and equipment they need.


The FY '04 grant application process required first responders to apply.  KOHS used several methods, including a teleconference, to get grant application information out to local officials.  KOHS received 222 grant applications.  They were scored by three person evaluation teams.  Their recommendations were made to a KOHS executive committee.  The executive committee forwarded its recommendations to the Governor, and grants were awarded.


Mr. Schrader said that during the review of grant applications it was discovered that  the office was $100 million short of being able to fund all the applications.  After communications equipment, the next largest block of requests was for hazmat and chemical/biological response equipment.  Regional hazmat response teams were funded rather than funding every county.


Mr. Schrader said that almost three million dollars of this year's funding will go to training, planning, and assessing.  By having a coordinated statewide training and planning effort, we will be safer.


Mr. Schrader explained that the single largest request was for interoperable communications equipment.  In dollar terms, these requests totaled approximately 65 percent of the entire pool of applications.  About half of first responders within their own county could not communicate with each other.  When first responders do not have radio coverage, the results can be deadly. 


A survey of local officials resulted in the KOHS adopting the following funding communications priorities: improved coverage footprints, a statewide mutual aid channel, and a statewide mobile data operation.  A wide range of antennas and repeater systems across the state were funded.  These items will improve radio communication coverage for first responders in areas all across the state.  A $725,000 statewide mutual aid project will open up one channel on each of three frequency bans that will be monitored constantly by the Kentucky State Police.  This will provide protection until a statewide solution is accomplished.


The interoperable data communications system in 42 Eastern Kentucky counties was discussed, emphasizing that the system has already proved its usefulness. 


The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has taken steps to ensure that all communications projects funded with grants awarded by the Office will work toward the state's goal of interoperability.  A law was passed making it mandatory that local governments submit communications plans to the Kentucky Wireless Interoperable Executive Committee (KEIEC) before they add new communications systems.  While that law stipulates that local plans must only be submitted, grants from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security require that the KWIEC committee review and approve them to ensure that no new communication stove pipes are created in the state.


The KOHS realizes that there are needs in the state that did not get funded.  Specifically, there were numerous requests for upgrades to 9-1-1 call centers.  The office intends to revisit this issue in the next round of grant funding.  Another critical area that was not funded this year was mobile radios.  While the cost of radios could quickly run through the entire homeland security budget, without any upgrades to the critical communication infrastructure, options are being explored that would allow funding radios for locals.


The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security has grown and is now almost at full strength.  Currently there is an  Executive Director assisted by three Deputies.  One deputy is responsible for infrastructure issues and asset protection, one is responsible for information and intelligence, and one is dedicated to health and bio-terrorism issues.  At this time, there are four Internal Policy Analysts administering the grant process.  There is a vacancy for their branch manager.  There is an individual dedicated to training and exercises and her assistant will be starting soon.  One person is dedicated to Citizen's Corps and the staff assistant is now on board, as well as administrative assistants.  The budget for the office is roughly $700,000 from state funds and slightly more than that from federal funds.


The greatest priority of KOHS in the next legislative session is to get a version of the previous House Bill 188 passed into law.  This legislation, when passed, will exempt sensitive homeland security documents from the Open Records Law.  Mr. Schrader said that funding is needed to upgrade the Kentucky Emergency Warning System, also known as KEWS.  A digital upgrade of the system is critically needed, because it will be the backbone of any statewide interoperable communication solution.  Lastly, the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security requests that the General Assembly enact into law temporary Executive Order 2004-530 that established the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.


The Kentucky State Police (KSP) fights terrorism by focusing on prevention, crisis response, and consequence management.  The KSP Intelligence Branch works with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force to prevent terrorist acts.  In order to respond to acts of terrorism, KSP trains responders and acquires necessary equipment to deal with the possibility of a weapons of mass destruction event.  Under the grant process, KSP was awarded several grants including a grant for a voice interoperability project that will allow dispatchers to link radio communications systems together when first responder agencies need to talk with each other.  Additional grants were awarded for personal protective gear and equipment.


Noting that a quorum was present, Co-Chair Seum asked for a motion to adopt the minutes from the previous meeting.  Senator Buford made a motion to approve the previous meeting minutes.  Senator Roeding seconded the motion, and the minutes were approved.


Co-Chair Seum asked Mr. Schrader to update the Committee on Erwin Roberts' status as the Director of the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  Mr. Schrader responded that Mr. Roberts would be getting a promotion in the near future, but he had no further information.  Co-Chair Seum asked Mr. Schrader if Mr. Roberts was currently in his new position and attempting to work two jobs.  Mr. Schrader said that Mr. Roberts was working in both positions.  Co-Chair Seum said that there was some concern by Committee members that the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security was not as well represented as the Committee would like it to be.  He said that the Committee wanted a strong homeland security director, and that the Committee also wanted to know who was in charge of the office.


Co-Chair Seum thanked Mr. Schrader for his efforts on the annual report.


Co-Chair Seum asked Mr. Schrader if he was able to represent the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to the full extent.  Mr. Schrader responded by saying that he was "representing the Office today."


Representative Sims asked Mr. Schrader about grants awarded to the Center for Rural Development.  One grant was for a 42 county area infrastructure plan.  Representative Sims asked Mr. Schrader where those 42 counties were located.  Mr. Schrader responded by saying that those counties were located in south and east Kentucky.


Co-Chair Weaver asked Mr. Schrader where the state is on prevention and reaction.  Mr. Schrader said that we are safer in both categories.  Prevention is the most difficult to judge without having stopped an incident.  Since we have more communication among agencies today, a threat report will be disseminated faster than it has been before.


Co-Chair Weaver asked Mr. Schrader if he wanted 04 HB 188, which excluded vulnerability assessments from the Open Records Law, to be sponsored again during the next Legislative Session.  Mr. Schrader did want that legislation sponsored.  Co-Chair Weaver encouraged Mr. Schrader to inform the Committee of any other legislation he felt was needed in the category of prevention. 


Representative Burch asked Mr. Schrader what color level of alert we are at currently.  Mr. Schrader answered that we are at yellow alert.  A discussion of the different alert levels and what corresponding actions are taken followed.  Representative Burch said that the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security needed to make citizens aware of these efforts, so that citizens will know what a good job is being done in the future.  He said that the average American does not feel threatened when the alert color changes, because nothing has happened in three years.  Representative Burch said that he believes the public would be better served if they knew what to do when the alert color changes.   Mr. Schrader said that it was a balance between getting people panicked and having them on alert while taking steps in the background, so that people remain safe.  Representative Burch said that he would prefer to know what the outcomes of an event would be and prepare for that rather than knowing how grant awards would be spent.


Representative Riner asked Mr. Schrader if satellite phones are available to key people in the Office of Homeland Security, Emergency Management, and the Governor's Office.  Mr. Schrader explained that satellite phones were available throughout state government. 


Mr. Schrader said that the new Transportation Operation Center (TOC) became operational in January and acts as the alternate Emergency Operation Center if required by an emergency.  The center is equipped with state-of-the art video systems that currently monitor over 120 cameras in major metropolitan areas, along two major bridges, and at the Cumberland Gap Tunnel.  The center houses the Governor's Secure Video Teleconference system, and will have computer terminals with access to the Joint Regional Information Exchange System.  Additionally, the TOC has conducted vulnerability studies on major interstate river crossings, begun implementation of security cameras on the Clays Ferry Bridge, and installed a redundant communication system in 22 transportation vehicles.  The TOC continues to monitor the shipments of depleted uranium hexafloride through Kentucky.  The Operation Center monitors the state's 511 Traffic and Information System.


Mr. Schrader said that the Division of Driver Licensing has worked to make Kentucky's driver's licenses as fraud proof as possible.  The biometric initiative designed to prevent people from obtaining multiple driver's licenses continues to move forward.  Currently, the Division is recognized as a national leader.  Kentucky's driver's licenses are digitized with multiple security features.


The Military Support Division of the Kentucky National Guard has enhanced security measures at all military armories and National Guard installations across the state.  The Division supports the Kentucky Oaks, the Kentucky Derby, Thunder Over Louisville, and the Governor's inauguration.  The Military Support Division conducted 224 separate missions totaling 6,276 man days.  The Division established the Commonwealth's first Quick Reaction Force that can respond in force to any potential threat in the state within four hours.


Mr. Schrader said that the State Fire Marshall's Office is working on several programs to train personnel to deal with pipeline emergencies, electrical emergencies, and water hazards.  The Office has identified a company that will be coming into Kentucky next year to train Fire Marshall personnel and fire fighters in issues dealing with Weapons of Mass Disaster (WMD) disasters. The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security awarded $100,000 for local fire departments to purchase about 20 thermal imaging cameras.


The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management continues to develop 14 Technical Regional Response Teams and works to ensure that all first responders are prepared to meet the challenges of a WMD or hazmat event.  During fiscal year '04, Emergency Management's Planning and Preparedness Branch provided technical assistance and $1,054,978 for counties to update their emergency operation plans and bring them into compliance with federal standards.


The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management oversaw Citizen Corps and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Programs.  After each of the storms that stuck Kentucky in the Spring, CERT members were active in clean up and helping neighbors.  Kentucky CERT members volunteered through FEMA and went to Florida and other states to help with hurricane relief.


Mr. Schrader said that Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement (KVE) recently moved from the Transportation Cabinet to the Justice Cabinet.  They escort an increasing number of highway route controlled/safeguards radioactive material shipments.  Three officers have been trained in enhanced Northern American safety vehicle inspection procedures relating to transporting radioactive materials by highway.  From July 1, 2002, through June 30, 2004, KVE conducted 85,814 safety inspections.  KVE also conducted 9,473 hazmat inspections July 1, 2003, to June 30, 2004.  KVE is also participating  in the "Highway Watch" program developed by the American Trucking Association and the Federal Motor Carrier Association.


Mr. Schrader said the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) is training 22 veterinarians in the challenges facing agriculture and the response required for a foreign animal disease introduction to the agriculture infrastructure in the Commonwealth.  Mobile command should be a reality in early 2005.


Mr. Schrader said the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) is working closely with the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security on wireless interoperability initiatives.  Seminars have been held across the state to educate first responders and local officials on different types of interoperable solutions.  COT continues to provide firewall services for state agencies and local governments that want to protect their application, systems, and/or locations from external threats and vulnerabilities.  COT has recently updated their disaster recovery plan and conducted multiple select server restoration tests.  Physical security of the Commonwealth Data Center, which houses a majority of the state's computing resources, has been significantly upgraded and is almost complete.


Mr. Schrader said that The Kentucky Department of Public Health (KDPH), Cabinet for Health Services, is currently administering two primary grant programs specifically focused on enhancing the ability of the Commonwealth to prepare for, react to, and recover from an act of bio-terrorism.  KDPH committed substantial funds for the local health departments to use to meet the specific needs of their communities.  These funds are dedicated to the local effort to build bio-terrorism response and surveillance for infectious diseases, and are designated to go beyond systemic and uniform efforts to build capacity in all local health departments in collaboration with the KDPH.


Mr. Schrader testified that The Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training (DOCJT) has developed special training to coincide with the creation of a unique community vulnerability assessment program.  In June, DOCJT assessors participated in a 40 hour course in Community Vulnerability Assessment Methodology.  A pilot program was implemented to conduct week-long on-site assessments of eight communities.  Because this program was extremely successful, DOCJT was awarded a $2,400,000 grant to conduct surveys in up to 60 communities this year.  Each community will receive approximately $10,000 to implement recommendations that come from the assessments.


Representative Riggs said that he was concerned that more effort was being directed toward the aftermath of an attack than on intelligence gathering and prevention.  Mr. Schrader responded by saying that the best way to recover from an attack is not to have one.


Co-Chair Seum asked Commissioner Michael Inman and Ken Mitchell from the Commonwealth Office of Technology for their comments.  Commissioner Inman said that security had been increased significantly at the Cold Harbor office.  Changes include: adding bollards to protect access to the building, controlling access to the parking area, adding interior doors to reduce access to the computing facility, adding badge control access to the building, and instituting a 24-hour guard access control.


Dr. William Hacker, Acting Commissioner, Department of Public Health, said that the Cabinet for Health Services is currently administering two primary grants programs specifically focused on enhancing the ability of the Commonwealth to prepare for, react to, and recover from acts of bio-terrorism.  These funds, projected to be more than $20,000,000 this fiscal year, are directly focused on the bio-terrorism preparedness needs of the Commonwealth's public and private health care systems.


Co-Chair Seum asked Commissioner Hacker how he handled grants.  Commissioner Hacker said that the first year of funding he received approximately $15 million.  Last year's grant was approximately $21 million, and this year's grant was approximately $19 million.  These funds have been split into two funding streams.  One stream from the Health Services Administration is targeted toward the private sector, such as hospitals and primary care centers.  Those dollars go to the regional level.  Everyone involved in the regional level is asked to participate in an advisory committee.  They bring recommendations to the advisory committee, and then funding is provided.  This includes funding for personal protection equipment, decontamination equipment at hospitals, and communications.


The second funding stream comes from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) through the Department of Public Health to build up the Department of Public Health at the state level as well as at the local health department system to deal with any kind of public health disaster whether caused by terrorism, smallpox, influenza, or SARS.


Senator Buford asked Commissioner Hacker to give an update on the flu vaccine and what is taking place in our health departments.  Dr. Hacker replied that local health departments were asked to first conserve the vaccine and follow the CDC recommendations to administer the vaccine only to people who are at high risk of having a complication if they get influenza and asking those who are otherwise healthy or not at high risk to allow those at high risk to get vaccinated first.  Dr. Hacker then responded to individual questions of members related to the flu vaccine shortage.


Co-Chair Weaver asked Malcolm Franklin, Director, Kentucky Division of Emergency Management, to comment on their portion of the annual report.  Mr. Franklin said that 50 percent of the 14 regional response teams are up and running and have been used in a variety of  ways around the state from hazardous material spills to interstate closures.  Another 400 first responders have received hazmat training in the last year.  The Kentucky Division of Emergency Management continues to administer the 2003 grant program under homeland security.  The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security will take over the grant program in 2004.


Mr. Franklin said that many local governments were slow to spend grant money.  Now money is beginning to be expended.  He said that 83 percent of the 2002 grant program has been expended to date.  The 2002 grant program is due to close in December of this year, but an extension has been applied for to help those jurisdictions that have not spent their money.  With regard to part one of the 2003 grant program, 54 percent of the money has been spent.  With regard to part two, 30 percent has been spent.  Some smaller counties and jurisdictions have to come up with the money up front before being reimbursed from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.  The Homeland Security Office is working with KACO on low interest loans to assist those jurisdictions and counties.  Other issues include the lack of equipment on the market.  Everyone in the United States is trying to get the same equipment.  Another issue is that part time emergency management people in the smaller jurisdictions have difficulty with the large amount of paperwork which may keep them from bidding.  Money not expended will be reallocated within local jurisdictions.


Co-Chair Weaver asked B.G. (Ret.) Julius Berthold to comment on the section of the annual report dealing with the National Guard.  General Berthold said that individuals staffing the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) monitor intelligence information and can respond quickly to any risk or threat.  On August 1, 2004, a Joint Operations Center for Army and Air National Guard was established.  By having individuals in both the EOC and the Joint Operations Center (JOC), we get immediate information and can respond more quickly to coordinate efforts.


General Berthold said that quick reaction and rapid response forces were established through the Joint Operations Center.   The quick reaction force is made up of individuals who can travel anywhere within the state in a few hours.  The rapid response force consists of 100 to 400 individuals who can be on station within 24 hours, depending on the location and the occurrence.  A joint terrorist response exercise is scheduled for February at the Gaseous Infusion  Plant in Paducah.


Co-Chair Weaver asked General Berthold if the quick reaction force would be moved by air.  General Berthold replied by saying yes.  Co-Chair Weaver asked General Berthold if he was correct in assuming the rapid response force would be moved by whatever means necessary.  General Berthold concurred.


Co-Chair Weaver asked Cash Centers, Executive Director of the Transportation  Operations Center to comment on the Transportation Cabinet's input on the annual report.


Mr. Centers said that over 3,000 state highway personnel have been trained in hazmat awareness.  He said that 14 instructors in the Cabinet are trained to teach a course entitled "Security for Transportation Employees" which will train employees to be out looking for suspicious activity on our highways, pay attention to what is happening on our bridges, what is going on around construction sites to help law enforcement and gather information to report back to intelligence personnel.


Senator Westwood asked Mr. Centers what a general citizen should look for as far as suspicious activity.  Mr. Centers responded that people should look for things such as a vehicle that is not normally in your area for two or three days at a time; you should take note of that and report it.  You should report if you see someone taking pictures of things that are not considered tourist sites such as a bridge or factory.


Senator Tori asked Mr. Centers how Kentucky's road infrastructure network compares to other states as far as evacuation routes.  Mr. Centers said that our state is unique in that where we are located centrally in the eastern part of the United States.  Interstate 75 is the heaviest traveled commercial highway in the United States.  Entry and egress to the state is almost in every direction you can travel. Senator Tori asked Mr. Centers if schools knew of evacuation routes and could inform parents.  Mr. Centers said that he could not give a firm answer on that question, because he is not part of the school system.


Representative Baugh asked if the Transportation Command Center was connected to a satellite system that could transmit a live feed into the center to observe suspicious vehicles traveling through the state. Mr. Centers responded that they could not.  Representative Baugh asked if it were possible to actually check a license plate of a vehicle traveling through the state.  Mr. Centers responded that this was not possible.


Co-Chair Weaver noted from the annual report that Kentucky's driver's license was being used as a national model.  He believes that Congress will soon pass legislation to set standards for all states to follow when issuing driver's licenses.  Co-Chair Weaver believes that legislation would be an unfunded federal mandate.  However, he noted that because Kentucky already complies with many of the aspects of the legislation, it shouldn't be much of an unfunded mandate for our state.


Co-Chair Weaver noted that a driver's license is a de facto national identification card.  He said that some licenses issued in other states are security violations. Mr. Steve Coffee, Assistant Director, Division of Driver's Licensing said that in Kentucky, non-U. S. citizens must go through a process at the driver license field office to ensure legal presence before a license is issued.  Co-Chair Weaver explained that Kentucky driver's licenses for non U. S. citizens expire on their visa expiration date.  Co-Chair Weaver told Mr. Coffee that if there are steps to be taken legislatively to strengthen HB 188 of the 2002 Session it would be best to pre-file a bill before the middle of December.


Co-Chair Weaver told Mr. Schrader that any wireless interoperability communications legislation should also be prefiled before the middle of December.


Mr. Coffee said that hazmat fingerprinting would be required for new drivers on January 31.  Transfer and renewal drivers will require hazmat fingerprinting someone next summer.


Mr. Coffee said that he has received a federal grant to move toward facial recognition driver's license photos.


Co-Chair Weaver thanked Mr. Schrader for his work in the area of wireless interoperability communications.  He noted that even though legislation was passed requiring local communities to submit their wireless interoperability plans to the Wireless Interoperability Executive Committee, those plans did not have to be approved before funding could be received.  Mr. Schrader extended the requirement that plans had to be approved before  funding could be received.  Co-Chair Weaver suggested that Mr. Schrader should ask the Committee to put that requirement into law.


Mr. Larry Tousignant, Department of Criminal Justice Training, spoke about a pilot program to train 21 assessors to conduct community assessments of critical infrastructure in seven communities in key parts of Newport.  Based on the success of that pilot program, a grant proposal was prepared and approved.  With the funds from that grant, 60 communities in Kentucky will now be assessed.  After a period of time, evaluators will come back into those communities to determine the efforts that have been made toward meeting the recommendations in reducing the vulnerabilities found when the assessments were conducted.  The grant provides up to $10,000 to help offset the cost of reducing those vulnerabilities.


Co-Chair Weaver asked Mr. Tousignant if the vulnerability assessments were open to Kentucky's Open Records Law, therefore making them available to anyone who requested them.  Mr. Tousignant responded that he was correct.  Co-Chair Weaver suggested that Mr. Tousignant seek the Committee's assistance in passing House Bill 188 of 2004 in order to exempt those assessments from the Open Records Law.  Co-Chair Weaver said that 04 HB 188 would be prefiled for the upcoming Session and he asked Mr. Schrader to testify before the House and Senate committees.


Mr. Bill Sullivan, Captain, Kentucky State Police, Commander of Intelligence, said that there are currently four full time counterterrorism positions with the Kentucky State Police.  Mr. Sullivan is the Counterterrorism Coordinator.  There are three counterterrorism investigators who work full time on counterterrorism efforts.  In 2005, the Kentucky State Police will expand their counterterrorism capabilities by adding approximately 40 counterterrorism specialists throughout the state.  These individuals will be located at every KSP Post in Kentucky.


Representative Steve Riggs asked Mr. Sullivan how much money is appropriated for the Kentucky State Police to fund their counterterrorism efforts.  Mr. Sullivan pointed out that no funds have been appropriated.  Co-Chair Weaver asked Mr. Schrader to coordinate with the Kentucky State Police in order to stream funding to them.


Representative Riggs made a motion to adjourn.  Representative Baugh seconded the motion.  The motion carried.  The meeting adjourned.