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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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LEGISLATIVE WEBCASTS

CameraLive webcasts of legislative proceedings are available from at least one chamber in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Many legislatures also offer webcasts of all or selected committee hearings. More than half the states also archive and make available on the web floor proceedings.

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SECURITY BREACH NOTIFICATION LAWS

Lock on keyboardA majority of states have enacted security breach laws, requiring disclosure to consumers when personal information is compromised. States also are continuing to examine breach laws to include additional provisions or requirements related to disclosures.

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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 key Our nation’s 9-1-1 system is being pushed to the brink as technology in the hands of consumers rapidly outpaces the capabilities of the current system. States have enacted a variety of laws to update the current 9-1-1 system. Issues covered in our 9-1-1 searchable database include legislation related to 9-1-1, E9-1-1, NextGen9-1-1 and similar issues.

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