A round-up of information technology news and events from each of the 50 states.
The state stalled its plan to tax Internet service providers and appears to be moving toward repealing the ISP tax rules this year.
The University of Alaska is participating in Gartner Group's nationwide effort to increase the number of information technology programs in colleges and universities. The goal is to ease the information technology labor shortage across the country.
Peoria will arm 31 police vehicles with wireless mobile data terminals and communications software from Software Corporation of America. The system will provide officers with wireless access to state and local databases.
The University of Arkansas is using Oracle software to teach students to manage spatial data and address the complex spatial data management issues government and private industry face today.
The Department of Motor Vehicles launched a new electronic insurance reporting pilot. The pilot, being conducted with five insurance companies in the state, allows insurance companies to voluntarily report mandatory vehicle insurance information electronically to the DMV so drivers don't have to.
The Department of Human Services is working with Computer Associates International to manage a growing statewide network focused on delivering 21st-century services to Colorado residents. The system will streamline the management of the department's information technology infrastructure and provide comprehensive control and monitoring of its mainframe and networked resources.
Norwalk Community Technical College is working with the Gartner Group to increase the number of information technology programs in colleges and universities.
Gov. Thomas Carper announced the state sold $133 million in general obligation bonds. Among other things, the money will be used to finance the construction of a state-of-the-art 800MHz police communications system.
Orange County's Juvenile Assessment Center is using a new client/server system to track juvenile offenders and ensure they don't get lost in the justice system.
Gwinnett County became the first to take advantage of a 1997 bill authorizing the use of electronic signatures as a legal and valid method of electronic commerce. The county is using the signatures in an open database that allows court and law enforcement agencies to share information.
The state judiciary unveiled a new computerized document and information retrieval and access system. Court records previously stored in folders or on microfilm are now available via computers connected by telephone lines. Court Technology Bulletin
Tony Paquin, an Idaho software entrepreneur, announced he's running for Congress in an effort to improve the knowledge of technology among lawmakers. Paquin claims most elected officials remain largely uninformed about technology.
Kane County's Board of Administration took an unusual step toward reducing its costs by installing an ATM in its courthouse. The county believes the ATM will make it easier for defendants to pay fines at the time of their hearing and will save the court the cost of cashing checks.
The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) implemented a system to allow insurance agents in the state to file a Certificate of Compliance form online. Using the system, insurance agents can also automatically update an individual's driving record. Previously, information was sent to BMV via mail.
Gov. Terry Branstad proposed the passage of the Iowa Electronic Commerce Security Act and the development of the IowAccess Network to help provide "anytime/anyplace access" to government information and services.
Gov. Bill Graves announced the reappointment of Leroy Gattin and Marvin Maydew to the Information Network of Kansas. The 10-member board is responsible for exploring technical ways to improve citizen and business access to public information; investigating methods of expanding the amount and