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Wyoming inches closer to digital IDs

A bill that would enable Wyoming residents to display their identifications on their phones or tablets as a supplemental option to physical IDs passed the state Senate on Monday. The legislation would authorize the state to begin selling digital driver’s licenses and IDs to residents who already have the physical documents, putting Wyoming on a path that at least seven other states and the District of Columbia are pursuing. But some lawmakers expressed skepticism about letting residents use digital IDs in place of physical forms, with one state senator raising worries about a black market for fake digital identifications. Ryan Johnston reports.

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Kentucky launches website to help felons regain voting rights

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday introduced a new website on which residents who have served sentences for non-violent felonies can check to see if they have regained their right to vote. The site, which features a simple web form that checks the user’s first name, last name and date of birth to determine eligibility, follows an executive order Beshear signed shortly after taking office last December that restored voting rights to more than 152,000 individuals. The website also guides people who have had their rights reinstated to voter-registration resources. Benjamin Freed has more.

Counties need cyber disaster plans, too

State governments have steadily revised their disaster response plans to include contingencies for cyberattacks, a policy shift that’s helped places like Colorado, Louisiana and Texas work through ransomware incidents. But as attacks like ransomware continue to hone in on local governments — with more than 120 known cases last year — it’s incumbent upon county governments to add cyberattacks to their own disaster playbooks, speakers said Monday at National Association of Counties conference in Washington. “A cyber disaster is just like a physical disaster,” said Phil Bertolini, a co-director of the Center for Digital Government and former chief information officer of Oakland County, Michigan. “The same planning steps that go into a physical emergency have to go into your digital emergency." Are your counties ready?

No 'smart city' presidency in 2020

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dropped out of the race for the Democratic presidential nomination Wednesday morning after disappointing results in the Super Tuesday primary contests. Before ending his campaign Bloomberg had spent $550 million of his vast personal fortune trying to convince voters that the "smart city" policies he implemented in New York City should be taken nationwide. Read more.

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