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Better fix that GIS

A new report from the National States Geographic Information Council graded 41 states on their adoption of geospatial information systems into other critical government functions, and found there's a lot of improvement to be made. The group said that while no state is failing when it comes to GIS, the progress is spotty and there is an urgent need for all states to improve, especially when it comes to incorporating advanced mapping technology into 911 services and conducting elections. But most of all, GIS programs need more funding, NSGIC President Karen Rogers told StateScoop. Colin Wood has more.

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New York CISO quietly retires

Deborah Snyder retired as New York State's chief information security officer last November after two-and-a-half years in that role, which came at the end of a 35-year career in Albany. As the statewide CISO, she was responsible for setting polices for data security, vulnerability monitoring and cyber hygiene across one of the biggest state government organizations in the country, with nearly 277,000 full- and part-time workers. She was also vocal about the need to bring more women into government cybersecurity roles. Benjamin Freed reports.

Municipal broadband bill a no-go for Cuomo

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo vetoed a bill last month that would have directed the state Department of Public Service to study the feasibility of municipal broadband in towns across the state, citing the cost and 12-month timeframe that the bill would have imposed on the agency. Lawmakers who voted against the bill said they want to wait to see if the $500 million "Broadband for All" plan that Cuomo launched in 2015 succeeds before they study municipal broadband, though New York currently has no laws that would prevent municipalities managing their own publicly-run internet utilities. Ryan Johnston has the details.

Last Pennsylvania county picks new voting system in time for 2020

The last holdout of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties finally selected new voting machines that produce physical trails of individual ballots, completing the process of phasing out the commonwealth’s mostly paper-free election technology in time for the 2020 presidential election. Dauphin County, which includes state capital Harrisburg, chose on Tuesday to adopt a platform that uses hand-marked ballots and optical scanners — just in time to beat a Dec. 31 deadline and avoid a lawsuit from the state government. Ben has more.

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