(A) There is hereby created in the department of public safety a division of homeland security.
(B) The division shall do all of the following:
(1) Coordinate all homeland security activities of all state agencies and be the liaison between state agencies and local entities for the purposes of communicating homeland security funding and policy initiatives;
(2) Collect, analyze, maintain, and disseminate information to support local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, other government agencies, and private organizations in detecting, deterring, preventing, preparing for, responding to, and recovering from threatened or actual terrorist events. This information is not a public record pursuant to section 149.43 of the Revised Code.
(3) Coordinate efforts of state and local governments and private organizations to enhance the security and protection of critical infrastructure, including casino facilities, and key assets in this state;
(4) Develop and coordinate policies, protocols, and strategies that may be used to prevent, detect, prepare for, respond to, and recover from terrorist acts or threats;
(5) Develop, update, and coordinate the implementation of an Ohio homeland security strategic plan that will guide state and local governments in the achievement of homeland security in this state.
(C) The director of public safety shall appoint an executive director, who shall be head of the division of homeland security and who regularly shall advise the governor and the director on matters pertaining to homeland security. The executive director shall serve at the pleasure of the director of public safety. To carry out the duties assigned under this section, the executive director, subject to the direction and control of the director of public safety, may appoint and maintain necessary staff and may enter into any necessary agreements.
(D) Except as otherwise provided by law, nothing in this section shall be construed to give the director of public safety or the executive director of the division of homeland security authority over the incident management structure or responsibilities of local emergency response personnel.
(E) There is hereby created in the state treasury the homeland security fund. The fund shall consist of sixty cents of each fee collected under sections 4501.34 , 4503.26 , 4506.08 , and 4509.05 of the Revised Code as specified in those sections, plus on and after October 1, 2009, sixty cents of each fee collected under sections 4505.14 and 4519.63 of the Revised Code as specified in those sections. The fund shall be used to pay the expenses of administering the law relative to the powers and duties of the executive director of the division of homeland security, except that the director of budget and management may transfer excess money from the homeland security fund to the state highway safety fund if the director of public safety determines that the amount of money in the homeland security fund exceeds the amount required to cover such costs incurred by the division of homeland security and requests the director of budget and management to make the transfer.
Amended by 128th General AssemblyFile No.38, HB 519, §1, eff. 9/10/2010.
Amended by 128th General Assemblych.38, HB 2, §101.01, eff. 7/1/2009.
Effective Date: 09-26-2003; 04-14-2006; 2007 HB67 07-03-2007