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Telecommunications and Information Technology

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LEVERAGING IT INVESTMENTS

New technologies provide a range of opportunities for governments to strengthen services to citizens and improve operations. This project will explore ways to enhance decision-making and customer service based on business intelligence and effective data management, strengthen IT procurement, implement advancements in securing government data and systems, and improve IT governance and management.

 

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NAVIGATING IT PROCUREMENT

LegisBriefState IT procurement includes products and services such as mainframes, software, email systems and smart phones. New technology trends—such as the growth of cloud computing, where users license software hosted by a third party in a remote location—can challenge procurement departments that are not used to purchasing on-demand services. Read about state actions to create a more flexible and efficient process.

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OUTLAWING THE OUTLAWS

cell phoneAs cell phone thefts soar, lawmakers look for ways to protect consumers and thwart the thieves. Lawmakers introduced or debated bills this year to require the use of kill switch or other software that allows the smartphone to be made inoperable after it is reported stolen. 

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EMPLOYERS AND SOCIAL MEDIA

meeting of twoIncreasing numbers of Americans use social media both on and off the job. Reports of employers asking employees to turn over their usernames or passwords for their personal accounts has led to privacy concerns. Lawmakers are considering legislation to restrict employers from requesting access to social networking usernames and passwords of applicants, students or employees.

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OVERVIEW | TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Information technology and advanced telecommunications have a major impact on the economic vitality of states. NCSL covers telecommunications policy and information technology issues in several major categories: consumer affairs, crime, management, telecommunications, privacy and security, and legislative information technology.

STANDING COMMITTEE

The Communications, Financial Services and Interstate Commerce has jurisdiction over state-federal relations with regard to electronic commerce, banking, insurance, securities and other financial services issues, interstate commerce and taxation of electronic transactions, telecommunications and interstate business activity taxes.

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9-1-1 DATABASE

Search keyAs of August 2014, at least 16 states have introduced legislation related to 911 fees and funding, eleven of which have introduced legislation related to prepaid wireless surcharges for 911 services. Also, at least 15 states have introduced legislation providing  immunity for persons who report in good faith to 911 an emergency drug or alcohol overdose.Seven of those states have enacted  the introduced emergency drug or alcohol overdose  immunity legislation.

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    Review of state legislation relating to revenge porn, the posting or publishing of nude or sexually explicit photographs or videos of individuals online without their consent, even if the photograph itself was taken with consent.

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