The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, houses the Computer-Based Honors Program through which undergraduate students apply technology to research across the curriculum.


Gov. Tony Knowles committed $12.6 million to assess and repair any potential Y2K problems in the state's most critical systems of state government. The funds will be used for the state's mainframe computer, the Marine Highway System, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities and other critical state functions.


A $6.9 million technology grant is helping more than 30,000 students in three Phoenix school districts reach "global heights" by connecting them with students worldwide. Each year through 2003, more than $1 million will be used on a specific technology project within the districts. This year, the funds will be used for teacher training and Web instruction.


SB 534 in the 82nd General Assembly of the state Legislature calls for the appropriation of more than $8 million for technology infrastructure improvements at the University of Arkansas.


California leads the country in being one of the most cybertax friendly states, according to Taxation of Cyberspace, a new book jointly published by Deloitte & Touche LLP and the Information Technology Association of America. This means that for many transactions, businesses and consumers alike can buy and sell on the Internet and pay a fraction of the tax in California that they would pay in other states.


State legislators in April approved a bill to severely limit the use of automated devices that take photos of drivers caught speeding on radar. HB 1364 also prohibits the use of flash devices needed to catch the image of the violator's license plate, and would limit the penalty for such violations, assuming the speeder could be photographed and served in person, to $40.


Rep. Paul Doyle in March asked General Law to approve a bill banning unsolicited or "junk" e-mail attempting to sell goods or services. The Democrat from Wethersfield said spam takes up time and money when computer users have to delete a host of unwanted messages. The Hartford Courant


A public policy forum focusing on the application of GIS technology for mapping and data distribution was held in March. Work sessions and presentations included "An Action Agenda for GIS in Delaware: The Creation of the DGDC and the Delaware Clearinghouse Project" and "The Federal Geographic Data Committee and the Development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure."


The City of Wonders, a project by the Florida League of Cities, celebrates local government through a virtual city which emulates the exhibit via the Internet and technology services. More than 1.5 million people are expected to visit the traveling exhibit during its two-year statewide tour. Quality Cities


Georgia State University Libraries have introduced GIL (GALILEO Interconnected Libraries) as an integrated, online catalog system. GIL contains records for materials owned by the university's various libraries, totaling more than 1.2 million titles and including 7,700 active serial subscriptions.


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.


The state Senate in March approved SB 1183, which would give parents the choice of having their children included in a computerized registry to track their immunization history and to remind parents when their children are due for the next round of shots.


Gov. George H. Ryan proposed nearly $100 million in funding for technology initiatives in February while announcing the creation of the Illinois Technology Office, following through on a pledge he made

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