Alabama

Two bills in Secretary of State Jim Bennett's election reform package, including a measure that will require, for the first time, the electronic filing of campaign finance reports, passed the House. Under Bennett's proposal, candidates raising or spending more than $100,000 would file their disclosure forms on customized software, simplifying the process for candidates and allowing the results to be transferred to the Internet for public access.

Alaska

The first launch of an orbital satellite from the Kodiak Launch Complex is planned for August 2000, Gov. Tony Knowles announced. The launch of the Vegetation Canopy Lidar satellite by NASA and Lockheed Martin Astronautics will also be the first commercial launch from the Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation's new dual-use facility.

Arizona

A $500,000 grant was awarded to Pima Community College by the Department of Commerce and will be used to establish a computer laboratory with 20 workstations on tribal land in New Pascua. The lab will be a tribal resource for education, vocational training and communication. The site will be connected to both Pima Community College and the University of Arizona via a T1 line.

Arkansas

SB 354, now Act 995, amends the Manufacturers Investment Tax Credit Act of 1985 to expand eligibility to include businesses engaged in computer-programming services, development of prepackaged software, digital-content production and preservation, computer processing and data processing, information-retrieval services, motion-picture production and commercial physical and biological research.

California

Santa Monica has opened its budget process to the average citizen via the Internet, allowing online suggestions from those who might be unable to attend council meetings in person. The program is part of the city's Web site . Western City

Colorado

Colorado legislators approved a bill severely limiting the use of automated devices that take photos of drivers caught speeding on radar.

Connecticut

In just five years, the membership of the Connecticut Technology Council has grown from 38 to 204, an indication of the rapid growth of biotech, high-tech and information technology industries in Connecticut, according to the office of Gov. John Rowland.

Delaware

To ease summertime crowding along Delaware's coastline, the state is employing a new surveillance system to identify snarled traffic and allow traffic signals to be appropriately coordinated. Traffic information could also then be posted or broadcast to motorists.

Florida

The Florida State Times reported that Florida State University nuclear physicists are hosting the Caribbean Radiation Early Warning System to detect radiation leaks in the region. The system is a reaction to Cuba's plan to open its first nuclear plant in December 2000.

Georgia

Access to local ordinances is about to get easier for Peachtree City residents. The city is in the process of posting its entire ordinance book, which will be formatted with chapters in alphabetical order, to the city's Web site. Residents will be able to review ordinances by simply going online.

Hawaii

Gov. Benjamin Cayetano released $12 million from his $45 million construction budget to upgrade the electrical wiring and power capacity in Hawaii's public schools so that climate-controlled classrooms can house more computers. This is the first step in the governor's commitment to improve the educational technical infrastructure throughout the state.

Idaho

The Boise Police Department promptly posts media releases on its Web site , including reports of crimes, suspect descriptions and investigation status. Local media is already used to the availability of this information, but the Web site makes it available to all citizens.

Illinois

The state beefed up its attack on Y2K in April,

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