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The Tina Peters law

Lawmakers in Colorado this week passed legislation aimed at stopping insider threats against election administration and ballot-counting technology. The bill will require county election offices to put their equipment under 24-hour video surveillance and behind keycard-access doors. It also makes it a felony to tamper with voting systems, including copying hard drives or giving unauthorized individuals access to devices. The bill was directly inspired by Tina Peters, the conspiracy-promoting Mesa County clerk who's facing charges for those offenses. Benjamin Freed reports.

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IT for the ocean

Miami-Dade County, Florida, Mayor Daniella Levine Cava this week announced three new tech initiatives designed to boost the health of the region's waters and coastline. The projects include fitting large businesses with water meters to identify waste, researching new sustainable technologies and creating a startup-in-residence program focused on oceanic pollution. Colin Wood has details.

IT modernization moves forward in Vermont with $140 million

On this week’s episode of the Priorities podcast, Vermont CIO John Quinn says he’s furthering the state’s work on IT modernization with $140 million from the state legislature. The money is enabling Quinn’s Agency of Digital Services to modernize the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, as well as the state's unemployment insurance and enterprise resource planning systems. Listen to the podcast.

More on the Five Eyes' MSP alert

State and local governments are intimately familiar with managed service providers, which got a stern warning yesterday from U.S. and allied cybersecurity agencies about stepped-up threats against vendors that provide IT services for organizations across all sectors. CyberScoop's AJ Vicens digs into the alert, noting that unlike past notices, this one is meant to enable discussions between the MSPs and their customers. Read more on CyberScoop.

'Anything's doable' in cybersecurity, Oklahoma CISO says

Speaking with StateScoop at last week's NASCIO conference, Oklahoma CISO Matt Singleton acknowledged the short window he and his counterparts in other states will have between June, when CISA publishes guidance on the new cyber grant program, and the end of the federal fiscal year Sept. 30. “You might be looking at less than 90 days to get through that process," he said, but, “anything’s doable.” Watch the interview.

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