National Technology Snapshot

A round-up of information technology news and events from each of the 50 states.

by / April 30, 1998

The state received a $2.7 million grant from the Gates Library Foundation -- an organization headed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates. The purpose of the grant is to help ensure all citizens get a fair share of Internet time.


The state launched a new Web site and toll-free IVR phone system that allow residents to order personalized license plates and renew their vehicle registrations online.


The state is using ImageWare's Crime Capture System -- a state-of-the-art digital booking, identification and retrieval program. The system will have 17 remote sites capable of capturing mugshots, scars, marks and tattoo photos for each suspect arrested..


Several Washington County agencies cooperated to develop a local-area GIS database and digital base map for various governmental, land management, urban planning and public safety applications.

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The city of San Jose is working with TRW to develop a comprehensive automated information system for the San Jose Police Department. The new system will allow officers to more rapidly retrieve and analyze crime data and prepare crime reports.


A new high-tech library is being developed to take the place of Colorado State University's library collection, which was extensively damaged by flash floods. The new virtual library is being developed through donations from businesses.


A new Web site has made information on Connecticut prisons and jails available online. The Web site outlines the agency's organizational structure, presents details about correctional facilities, chronicles departmental accomplishments, and makes statistics about the incarcerated population in the state available to the public.


The Department of Education and the Delaware Center for Educational Technology sponsored the Seventh Annual Delaware Instructional Technology Conference. The two-day forum enabled teachers, administrators, technology coordinators and other professionals an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas on the future of instructional technology in the state.


The Department of Revenue is expanding its partnership with Lockheed Martin IMS based on its success in using technology to collect more than $42 million in overdue child support payments over the last two years.


Gov. Zell Miller announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission approved his request for a $320,000 grant to purchase laptop computers for the Towns County Middle Schools. Each student in the school will have access to the laptops, which will also be carried home and used for completing homework assignments.


The state Department of Labor and Industrial Relations and the Department of Land and Natural Resources launched a Web site for the Forestry Department.


The state Senate introduced SB 1546 -- a bill that would appropriate $1.3 million to the state Board of Education for technology in learning projects.


Will County is working with Printrak International on a computer-aided dispatch system with integrated police and fire department records management.


The Indiana Digital County Network is a new comprehensive directory of local information and a template for development of Web sites in all Indiana counties. Over 30 counties in the state already have self-sustaining community sites.


Over 240 Iowa high-school students interacted with Mississippi students via the Iowa Communications Network during National Red Ribbon Week. The activity consisted of a moderated chat revolving around a drug-free environment.


The state is working with Paradigm4 to create a new criminal justice information system, message switch and Web system. The new system makes the state the first to provide a Web-based front end to the message switch, which will allow public safety officials to instantly link with criminal records at local, state and national levels.


Gov. Paul Patton was poised to ask legislators for more money, possibly as much as $77.4 million, for his Empower Kentucky program -- a project designed to implement technology to make government in the commonwealth more efficient.


Jefferson Parish developed a one-stop social services system for disadvantaged families. The program links all the necessary federal, state and local agencies.

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The Department of Revenue is implementing multiple Internet Web-filing applications to allow paperless electronic transactions via the Internet. Working with International Public Access Technologies, the state will implement Web-filing applications that allow businesses to file their sales tax returns and complete a combined quarterly withholding report.


The Maryland Aviation Administration (MAA) is working with Federal Engineering (FE) to provide research and consulting services pertaining to the leasing of telecommunications services to tenants at the Baltimore-Washington International Airport. FE will assist MAA analysts in developing a competitive rate structure for a host of voice communications services.


The Department of Revenue extended its Telefile and PC File systems to tax preparers. Previously, the systems were only available to self-filing taxpayers.


The Department of State is using unique software called CHAX, which permits negotiable checks to be faxed to them and immediately deposited into their account. The system accelerates the payments the department receives for licensing automobile dealers, repair facilities and automobile mechanics.


Nine schools in the state participated in a national videoconference hosted by NASA that allowed students to take part in the launch of the International Space Station. The assignment was made possible through a connection to the Internet and through MEANS Telcom's videoconference network.


Government and public-safety officials from Vicksburg, Miss., publicly dedicated the city's new Motorola 800MHz ASTRO SmartZone digital, trunked two-way radio system. The $1.7 million system enables the consolidation of radio communications for the city's police department, fire department and emergency medical services as well as for city government, public works and the parks and recreation department.


The Missouri Supreme Court, Jefferson City, Mo., and Montgomery County have successfully implemented a shared SCT Government System's BANNER Courts System, which automates and integrates all of the state's courts.


The Department of Administration, Information Services Division, contracted with Miller Management Services to provide technical advice relating to the implementation of statewide Enhanced 9-1-1, addressing, GIS and GPS technologies.


Lt. Gov. Kim Robak presented the first Governors Technology Award to Scotts Bluff County Surveyor Duane Stott for his efforts in getting the county online with a cutting edge geographic information system.


The city of Las Vegas Public Works Plans Library has inventoried more than 62,000 plans, ranging from the city's early beginnings in 1905 to today's fast-growing metro area. Approximately three-quarters of the archived plans have now been scanned for electronic retrieval.

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New Hampshire

The state became the latest to introduce legislation aimed at strengthening child pornography laws to include online crimes. Democratic Rep. Lori Cardin submitted a bill in late February that criminalizes using the Net or a computer to publish or transmit child pornography or lure a minor.

New Jersey

The Department of Labor is working with Midi to develop an internetworked, one-stop state employment and career information delivery system. The heart of the system is the Workforce New Jersey Public Information Network Web site. Midi is working with the state to enhance the site with a new interface, a more robust database search engine and links to a library of career videos.

New Mexico

Gov. Gary Johnson signed a law in March making it illegal to give minors access to "indecent" material online. The ACLU is expected to challenge the new law.

New York

Orange County is working with Printrak International to provide a computer-aided dispatch system to serve police, fire and emergency medical services in the county.

North Carolina

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Department of Computer Science received $2.4 million from Intel. The award will be used to purchase computer equipment over the next three years.

North Dakota

The state attorney general ruled that the Board of Higher Education held illegal meetings. The ruling came after The Associated Press revealed that board members used e-mail to discuss and even take straw votes on whether to fire the University of North Dakota's president.


The Department of Natural Resources, Division of Water, selected PlanGraphics to design a geographic information system for the division's Floodplain Management Program.


Oklahoma County is working with BDM International to implement an E*Justice Systems product to address the county's criminal justice and jail management system requirements.


The city of Lebanon is working with GeoSpatial Services Group of Pacer Infotect for a utility GIS database. Changes made to the database will enable Lebanon to more efficiently manage its utility system.


The Department of Education will receive computers and support services for over 1,100 public schools and libraries through the Pennsylvania Purchasing Program for Microcomputers. The contract gives schools and libraries the capability to purchase products and services at the best prices statewide.

Rhode Island

The state enacted the Rhode Island Electronic Signatures and Records Act, which allows digital signatures to be recognized as valid signatures. The act allows any type of technology to create an electronic signature, provided it meets the intention of the party using it to have the same force and effect as the use of a manual signature.

South Carolina

South Carolina Educational Television hosted a first-time-ever WebCast of the governor's 1998 State of the State address. "Streamed" through ETV's Web site, the speech was carried live and linked to the governor's Web site.

South Dakota

Gov. Bill Janklow approved funding to allow 50 public university faculty to significantly increase their ability to use computers, networks and other related technologies in teaching their courses to students in the state's six public universities.


The state is considering a Internet decency law that would create a special domain code for adult-oriented sites; require schools and libraries to use filtering software, with criminal liability for teachers and libraries who fail to comply; and makes Internet service providers liable for the distribution of harmful material by their customers.


The Uvalde County Clerk's Office is using a new imaging system that integrates the county clerk's records management, rapid balancing of the office's cash transactions, a powerful audit capability and enhanced public access.


The University of Utah is participating in a project to bring the federal government closer to its goal of setting up systems so advanced they can perform 30 trillion calculations per second by 2001.


Gov. Bill Janklow dedicated six new electronic classrooms at the state's public universities that fully incorporate voice, video and data technology in the classroom.


The commonwealth awarded a $10.5 million contract to Lockheed Martin IMS to privatize child support enforcement services in Arlington and Alexandria.


The city of Kirkland contracted with BI-TECH for a new financial management system. The contract is valued at $800,000.

West Virginia

Gov. Cecil Underwood hosted a delegation from Idaho for a day-long conference with West Virginia business leaders. The conference is part of a new technology exchange program.


State Attorney General Jim Doyle sued to block the Web-based U.S. Lottery, launched by members of the Coeur d'Alene Indian tribe in Idaho. Doyle said it's a crime in Wisconsin to solicit or receive a bet over the Internet.


Gov. Jim Geringer delivered the keynote address at the Wyoming Extension Showcase on Technology. The governor's address focused on current and future uses of technology in Wyoming.