Kentucky's legislative session reconvens on April 12th, the Governor's
Office for Technology (GOT) will continue paying close attention
to bills related to technology to see if they find passage. Here
is a list of bills that GOT is tracking that have either passed
or are up for consideration:
226- An ACT relating to wireless communications.
HB 226 has been signed by each presiding officer and has been
delivered to Governor Fletcher for his signature. This bill seeks
to expand the definitions of "frequency," "interoperability,"
and "standards," and create definitions for "public
safety shared infrastructure" and "primary wireless
public safety voice or data communications systems." The
bill would also require all state agencies utilizing state or
federal funds for public safety wireless communications systems
to submit project plans for review by Kentucky Wireless Interoperability
Executive Committee (KWIEC) and approval by the state CIO. Local
agencies would be required to submit proposals for review by KWIEC.
SB 55/HB 188/HB395(SCS) - ACTs containing exemptions to open
records/meetings for homeland security.
SB 55/HB 188/HB 395(SCS) are being considered. These bills are
of interest because they seek to exempt from public records information
that may threaten public safety as it relates to, among other
things, IT vulnerability assessments, security and response needs
assessments, and infrastructure records as it pertains to information
627(SCS) - An ACT relating to the provision of broadband service.
627(SCS) is waiting for concurrence and has been placed in the
orders of the day for April 12th. This bill seeks to define broadband
service, recognizes the necessity of expanding broadband service
to all areas of the state, and requires the Office of the New
Economy to prepare a baseline assessment of broadband deployment
in the Commonwealth and monitor expansion.