A new state law in Alaska gives people with disabilities privacy in voting booths. H.B. 320 allows people with disabilities to vote without assistance through the use of electronic balloting equipment, which they can use to cast private, independent and verifiable ballots.
A proposed law in California calls for a five-member board to set salaries and benefits for more than 33,000 state managers and supervisors, subject to approval by the Legislature and governor. The bill's sponsor said such a move is necessary to keep workers from going to the private sector. -- Sacramento Bee
The Honolulu Police Department was set to make the switch to an all-digital communication system in mid-April. The department began the switch to a $19.7 million Ericsson system in 1998, but glitches prevented it from completing the conversion. -- USA Today
Indiana Gov. Frank O'Bannon signed legislation that allows every state agency to accept online electronic payments for services through the state's Web site. Previously, only a handful of state agencies were authorized to accept electronic payments.
Kansas revenue officials introduced a free Internet-based product called WebFile for state taxpayers. It requires users to download software and install it on their PCs. Users need Internet access, a Web browser with 128-bit encryption, a completed federal income-tax return, W-2 statements and the PIN number on the mailing label of the Kansas tax booklet.
Mississippi Gov. Ronnie Musgrove helped kick off a "Computer Blitz Build" in the state Capitol in March. Fifty students from around the state gathered to build 100 computers in a day. The finished computers will be distributed to public schools.
The Gadsden Independent School District in Anthony, New Mexico, will begin using geothermal technology to control climate, reduce water usage and save thousands of dollars in heating and cooling costs. The district is believed to be the first in New Mexico to use the geothermal technology. -- USA Today
Ohio rolled out its new Ohio Business Gateway in April. The gateway is a single Web-based application that allows small businesses to access forms to enter information for worker's compensation, payroll withholding tax, sales tax and unemployment tax and then make an online electronic payment to cover tax liabilities.
The Tennessee Department of Education announced that Teachers-Teachers.com, a Web-based recruitment service, is now available to the state's 138 school systems. Officials said the service is designed to help local educational agencies meet the challenges of recruiting and placing the best teachers in classrooms. The service has resumes from more than 40,000 teachers.
Virginia is offering real-time, live assistance to any comers via its Web site. Internet users looking for information about Virginia government and services can submit questions to a customer service representative via a chat room feature and get real-time answers within seconds.