A bill creating the Office of Information Technology was signed by Gov. Don Siegelman in late May. The office would administer necessary programs and services for the operation and management of a program for specifically providing the children of Alabama citizens with technology in the public schools and public institutions of higher education.


Gov. Tony Knowles signed a bill into law helping Alaska Science and Technology Foundation (ASTF) grants keep pace with inflation. HB 209 increases the size of smaller grants to which the foundation must give at least half of its endowment income from $100,000 or less to $200,000 or less. The legislation also increases the allowable foundation grant for the Kodiak Launch Complex from $5 million to $11 million. ASTF has already granted the complex $5 million, so this allows another $5 million to complete construction and $1 million for marketing and development over the next three years. The complex launched its first rocket last year, a military test missile.


The state Criminal Justice Commission and the Office of the Courts established the Arizona Criminal Justice Data Integration Web site

/cot/cji/documents.htm to share the progress of criminal justice agencies in integrating information systems.


The Interdistrict Magnet School Program in the Little Rock area offers a Web site at which parents can review the options and requirements for elementary, secondary and high schools in three districts that offer special programs in such areas as math, science, the arts and communications. A list of frequently asked questions and contact numbers make the parents' job easier.


Santa Monica residents are able to send and receive e-mail as part of a free public service offered by the city. Anyone living, working or studying in the Los Angeles beach city can an open a free account on the city's Public Electronic Network, using computers in libraries and other locations. Western City


An Arapaho County housewife denied charges in May that she had tried to sell her 8-year-old Russian adopted daughter over the Internet. The alleged asking price was $4,000. The child was placed in foster care. USA Today


SB 1299: An Act Concerning Competition in the Telecommunications Industry passed the Senate in May and moved to the House for final approval. The bill requires telephone companies to offer access to all of their equipment, facilities and services to all customers in their service area. It also prohibits companies from discriminating against customers when it prices services, functions and network elements.


Delaware joined four states in signing a broad proclamation to promote public awareness of Y2K. Delaware, with Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey and Michigan, will work on sharing news of remediation progress and countering panicky misinformation.


Gov. Jeb Bush signed a bill in June that limits companies' liability for Y2K failures. USA Today


Atlanta is to be the first U.S. city to get fiber-to-the-home services. BellSouth said that the city's residents will be the first to enjoy features such as high-speed Internet access, digital video and CD-quality sound, all in the comfort of their own homes, thanks to the use of passive optical networking technology.


A software program to help lighting designers comply with the Model Energy Code will be introduced by the Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) at a national conference in New Orleans this month. Called "HiLight," it allows faster and easier regulatory compliance, more efficient lighting systems and more energy-efficient buildings, said DBEDT Director Seiji Naya.


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