[Rev. 11/21/2013 10:17:11 AM--2013]

CHAPTER 233F - STATE SYSTEM OF COMMUNICATIONS

NRS 233F.010        Definitions.

NRS 233F.015        “Administrator” defined.

NRS 233F.020        “Agency” defined.

NRS 233F.030        “Board” defined.

NRS 233F.040        “Communication” defined.

NRS 233F.045        “Communications Group” defined.

NRS 233F.055        “Department” defined.

NRS 233F.059        “Division” defined.

NRS 233F.060        “State communications system” defined.

NRS 233F.065        “Telecommunications Group” defined.

NRS 233F.080        Legislative findings and declaration.

NRS 233F.110        Assignment of microwave channels; failure of agency to pay for or use channel; approval of equipment for microwave station; reimbursement for facilities and equipment consolidated into system.

NRS 233F.115        Designation of microwave channel for use by fire services.

NRS 233F.116        Limitation on taking over communications system of agency.

NRS 233F.117        Extension of state communications system by state agency; approval of Administrator.

NRS 233F.118        Addition of service which could be provided by private company.

NRS 233F.150        State agencies to provide information and assistance to Administrator.

NRS 233F.160        Agreements concerning facilities; fees; gifts.

NRS 233F.170        Emergency control of system.

NRS 233F.260        Duty of Board to advise Telecommunications Group.

NRS 233F.270        Duties of Telecommunications Group concerning state telecommunications system and switchboards for state offices.

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      NRS 233F.010  Definitions.  As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires, the words and terms defined in NRS 233F.015 to 233F.065, inclusive, have the meanings ascribed to them in those sections.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1115; A 1985, 689; 1989, 1683; 1993, 1496; 2011, 2945)

      NRS 233F.015  “Administrator” defined.  “Administrator” means the Administrator of the Division.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2945)

      NRS 233F.020  “Agency” defined.  “Agency” means an officer, board, commission, council, department, division, bureau or any other unit of government except the political subdivisions of this State.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1115)

      NRS 233F.030  “Board” defined.  “Board” means the Information Technology Advisory Board.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1115; A 1993, 1496)

      NRS 233F.040  “Communication” defined.  “Communication” means any transmission, emission or reception of signs, signals, writings, images or sounds which convey intelligence of any nature by wire, radio, optical or other electromagnetic systems.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1115)

      NRS 233F.045  “Communications Group” defined.  “Communications Group” means the Communications Group of the Communication and Computing Unit of the Division.

      (Added to NRS by 1993, 1496; A 1997, 3085; 2011, 2945; 2013, 3825)

      NRS 233F.055  “Department” defined.  “Department” means the Department of Administration.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1682; A 1993, 1498; 1997, 3085; 2011, 2945)

      NRS 233F.059  “Division” defined.  “Division” means the Division of Enterprise Information Technology Services of the Department.

      (Added to NRS by 2011, 2945)

      NRS 233F.060  “State communications system” defined.  “State communications system” means microwave equipment and associated facilities controlled by the Division and leased or used by state agencies, except the state telecommunications system.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1116; A 1979, 574; 1983, 520; 1989, 1684; 1997, 3085)

      NRS 233F.065  “Telecommunications Group” defined.  “Telecommunications Group” means the Telecommunications Group of the Communication and Computing Unit of the Division.

      (Added to NRS by 1993, 1496; A 1997, 3085; 2011, 2945; 2013, 3825)

      NRS 233F.080  Legislative findings and declaration.  The Legislature finds and declares that a state communications system is vital to the security and welfare of the State during times of emergency and in the conduct of its regular business, and that economies may be realized by joint use of the system by all state agencies. It is the purpose of the Legislature that a state communications system be developed whereby the greatest efficiency in the joint use of existing communications systems is achieved and that all communication functions and activities of state agencies be coordinated. It is not the intent of the Legislature to remove from the Division control over the state telecommunications system intended for use by state agencies and the general public.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1116; A 1979, 217, 574; 1985, 689; 1989, 1684; 1993, 1496; 1997, 3085; 2011, 2945)

      NRS 233F.110  Assignment of microwave channels; failure of agency to pay for or use channel; approval of equipment for microwave station; reimbursement for facilities and equipment consolidated into system.

      1.  The Administrator may, upon receiving a request for a microwave channel or channels from an agency, approve or disapprove that request. If the request is approved, the Division shall assign a channel or channels to the agency at a cost which reflects the actual share of costs incurred for services provided to the agency, in accordance with the comprehensive system of equitable billing and charges developed by the coordinator of communications.

      2.  Except as otherwise provided in subsection 3, a microwave channel assigned by the Administrator to an agency for its use must not be reassigned without the concurrence of the agency.

      3.  The Administrator may revoke the assignment of a microwave channel if an agency fails to pay for its use and may reassign that channel to another agency.

      4.  Equipment for microwave channels which is purchased by a using agency becomes the property of the Division if the agency fails to use or pay for those channels. The equipment must be used by the Division to replace old or obsolete equipment in the state communications system.

      5.  A state agency shall not purchase equipment for microwave stations without prior approval from the Administrator unless:

      (a) The existing services do not meet the needs of the agency; or

      (b) The equipment will not be used to duplicate services which are provided by the state communications system or a private company.

      6.  The Division shall reimburse an agency for buildings, facilities or equipment which is consolidated into the state communications system.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1117; A 1979, 576; 1981, 2012; 1983, 520; 1985, 690; 1993, 1496; 1997, 3085; 2011, 2946)

      NRS 233F.115  Designation of microwave channel for use by fire services.  The Administrator shall designate at least one microwave channel of the state communications system for use by the fire services.

      (Added to NRS by 1981, 1589; A 1997, 3086; 2011, 2946)

      NRS 233F.116  Limitation on taking over communications system of agency.  The Division shall not take over the communications system of a state agency unless it does so pursuant to an agreement with the agency.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 689; A 1997, 3086)

      NRS 233F.117  Extension of state communications system by state agency; approval of Administrator.  If a state agency other than the Communications Group adds equipment which extends the state communications system to another location, the extension, if approved by the Administrator, becomes part of the state communications system. An approved extension of the system is subject to the provisions of this chapter relating to the system.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 689; A 1989, 1684; 1995, 640; 1997, 3086)

      NRS 233F.118  Addition of service which could be provided by private company.

      1.  If the Administrator considers a proposal to add a service to the state communications system which could be provided by a private company, the Administrator shall:

      (a) Upon the request of a private company which is able to provide the service, provide notice of the proposal and a copy of the related specifications;

      (b) Prepare a statement, based on the specifications, of the cost of the proposed service if it were provided through the state communications system; and

      (c) Compare its own statement of cost with any other bid submitted by considering at least the relative prices, the quality and reliability of the service proposed and the compatibility of the service proposed with any known future requirements. This comparison must be made available for public review.

      2.  An interested party may appeal from the findings of the comparison to the Interim Finance Committee, which may approve or modify the findings or reverse the decision of the Administrator.

      (Added to NRS by 1985, 689; A 1997, 3086)

      NRS 233F.150  State agencies to provide information and assistance to Administrator.  All state agencies shall provide the Administrator with any information which the Administrator requests for the purpose of implementing the provisions of this chapter except where the disclosure of such information is expressly prohibited by law, and otherwise cooperate and assist to the maximum extent possible in the development and joint use of the state communications system.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1117; A 1989, 1685; 1995, 640; 1997, 3087)

      NRS 233F.160  Agreements concerning facilities; fees; gifts.

      1.  The Division may be substituted as the contracting party for a state agency in existing agreements entered into by the agency respecting shared facilities for communications. If substituted, the Division succeeds to all the rights and obligations of the substituted agency created by the agreement.

      2.  The Division may collect and receive fees due on those agreements and any other agreements the Division enters pursuant to the provisions of this chapter. All these fees must be deposited in the Fund for Information Services created pursuant to NRS 242.211 and used by the Division to defray the costs of the state communications system.

      3.  All gifts of money which the Division is authorized to accept must be deposited in the Fund for Information Services and used for the purpose specified by the donor or for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this chapter.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1118; A 1979, 616; 1985, 714; 1989, 1685; 1993, 1498; 1997, 3087)

      NRS 233F.170  Emergency control of system.  In the event of any emergency, the Governor may direct the Division of Emergency Management of the Department of Public Safety to assume control over all or part of the state communications system.

      (Added to NRS by 1975, 1119; A 1983, 176; 1993, 1498; 2001, 2591)

      NRS 233F.260  Duty of Board to advise Telecommunications Group.  The Board shall provide advice to the Telecommunications Group on the use of telecommunications by the State Government, including:

      1.  The development of policies, standards, plans and designs;

      2.  The procurement of systems, facilities and services;

      3.  The integration of telecommunications systems with other state and local governmental systems; and

      4.  New technology that may become or is available.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1683; A 1993, 1498; 1997, 3087)

      NRS 233F.270  Duties of Telecommunications Group concerning state telecommunications system and switchboards for state offices.

      1.  The Telecommunications Group, with the advice of the Board, shall:

      (a) Plan, carry out and administer a state telecommunications system. When available at a competitive cost, the Telecommunications Group shall use the facilities of telephone companies providing local exchange service.

      (b) Make arrangements for the installation of a central telephone switchboard or switchboards to serve the state offices in one or more buildings as may be practical or feasible.

      2.  The system must be integrated and may include services between the State and any cities, counties and schools.

      3.  The Division may consider for the system all the telecommunications requirements of the State and its political subdivisions.

      (Added to NRS by 1989, 1683; A 1993, 1499; 1997, 3087)