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

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Alabama

Mobile was recently identified as one of 15 cities across the nation "on the leading edge of the information technology revolution" by the University of Maryland and the Maryland Institute for Policy Analysis and Research.

Alaska

The Juneau City Manager's office is now online. Public questions and comments can be sent to City Manager Dave Palmer at .

Arizona

The Mesa Police Department can issue citations electronically using the Stylistic 500 tablet computer developed by Fujitsu Personal Systems Inc. Information on the witness, victim and crime scene can be entered and is instantly available to investigators without having to manually fill out a full report.

Arkansas

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded a contract to Citibank to develop an Electronic Benefits Transfer pilot project for welfare and food stamps.

California

The Department of Motor Vehicles is using a driver's license identification program that requires residents to touch their thumbs on an Identicator DFR-90 Fingerprint Scanner when qualifying for a driver's license.

Colorado

The Department of Human Services and Lockheed Martin IMS were honored by Rocky Mountain Automated Clearing House Information for developing the Family Support Registry, an electronic system for collecting and distributing child support payments.

Connecticut

Connecticut awarded a contract to MCI to provide interstate voice and data communications. In addition, MCI will provide its Maximum Security service for state prison facilities. Newsbytes

Delaware

The Office of Information Systems is using Security Dynamics' SecureID to protect its computer system.

Florida

The Department of Insurance consolidated five facilities in Tallahassee on a single telephone network that is controlled from one central point.

Georgia

The University of Georgia received $100,000 from the AT&T Foundation and the Georgia Research Alliance to help fund a new project that will demonstrate ways to enhance distance learning.

Hawaii

Hawaii is compiling a public records report that lists its information holdings throughout the state. Access Reports

Idaho

Gov. Phil Blatt signed a bill that sets up an Information Technology Council which will devise a centralized plan for the delivery of state services. He also signed House Bill 657, opening the bidding process to multiple vendors of information technology.

Illinois

The Illinois Industrial Commission developed a new application for local area networks and remote dial-in technology as part of Gov. Jim Edgar's Project Safe Illinois initiative, a public-private project to promote worker safety.

Indiana

Howard County Juvenile Court installed Gottlieb & Wertz's Quest, an integrated case tracking system that links the police, the prosecutor's office and the courts. Court Technology Bulletin

Iowa

Iowa kicked off its first "fibercaucus" to help the media cover the presidential caucus. Newspapers and broadcast reporters had simultaneous access to 50 caucus sites for interviews around the state. Communications Week

Kansas

Kansas selected AutoGraphics' Impact/Online to use in its "Kansas Library Catalog/Online" system and to share access to information from state and local libraries via the Internet.

Kentucky

The Transportation Cabinet of the Commonwealth of Kentucky awarded a contract to CACI International Inc. to reengineer the state's vehicle titling and registration system.

Louisiana

Louisiana added the Supreme Court to InfoLA at .

Maine

The Maine Municipal Association implemented the Municipal Information Network, a computer network for municipal subscribers statewide that includes e-mail, bulletin boards, conferencing and legislative bulletins.

Maryland

The Baltimore Board of Estimates awarded Motorola a contract to install a new 800 MHz radio communications system for the city's public safety and public service agencies.

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