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to specify on the home page information about how to contact the agency and request records.

Possible Impact: This would mandate changes to legions of public-sector home pages, to say the least.

Where It Is Now: This act was vetoed in October 2007 by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

SB 1788

Level: State - Texas

Introduced: March 21, 2007

What It Means: This act would require the creation and operation of a state virtual school network to educate students electronically.

Possible Impact: The bill should spur more e-learning opportunities and the technological upgrades that should come along in order to facilitate them.

Where It Is Now: Gov. Rick Perry signed this into law in June 2007.

SB 1822

Level: State - Texas

Introduced: March 22, 2007

What It Means: This act would prohibit a tax professional from disclosing certain personal information about the owner of a property on a tax appraisal if the owner chooses to prohibit that.

Possible Impact: This would mandate the state to uphold stricter privacy standards relating to online content when it comes to financial information.

Where It Is Now: This bill hasn't moved past the introduction phase yet but has been referred to the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

AB 2555

Level: State - New York

Introduced: Jan. 17, 2007

What It Means: This would require the state's Office for Technology to make the necessary technology modifications to allow some information on the state Web site to be accessible from a PDA.

Possible Impact: The state's Web page would get a boost in terms of accessibility.

Where It Is Now: This was referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations in January 2008.

AB 4157

Level: State - New York

Introduced: Jan. 31, 2007

What It Means: This would require that every state agency provide free Internet access to public records.

Possible Impact: State agencies would have to work with the secretary of state to make this a reality. They would have to give the secretary a list of all documents made available through these means.

Where It Is Now: This was referred to the Committee on Governmental Operations in January 2008. In March 2008, the committee was holding it for consideration.

Hilton Collins, Staff Writer Hilton Collins  |  GT Staff Writer

By day, Hilton Collins is a staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines who covers sustainability, cybersecurity and disaster management issues. By night, he’s a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic, and if he had to choose between comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. He can be reached at hcollins@govtech.com and on @hiltoncollins on Twitter.