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2007 Digital Government Summit

The 2007 Kentucky Digital Government Summit
will be held in Lexington on April 24, 2007.

Gov. Fletcher Announces Funding for Important Public Safety Projects in Communities Below Wolf Creek Dam
On Feb. 8, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher announced that several communities in Russell, Cumberland, Clinton and Monroe counties will receive important early warning system equipment.

Gov. Ernie Fletcher and Transportation Cabinet Announce Computer Upgrades
On Feb. 27, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher and The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC)
announced the installation of new computer equipment for the county clerk’s office in Pendleton County.

Federal Agency Awards $4.9M Medicaid Transformation Grant to Kentucky
The federal Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) recently awarded Kentucky a $4.9 million Medicaid transformation grant to develop the Kentucky Health Information Partnership (K-HIP).

Gov. Fletcher Announces Nearly $1M In Funding For Shelby County Community Projects
On Feb. 9, 2007, Gov. Ernie Fletcher awarded nearly $1 million in community development funding to Shelby County officials for improvements in public safety infrastructure, renovations to downtown buildings and repairs to county roadways.

Interview With Mark Rutledge, Kentucky CIO
Commissioner Mark Rutledge discusses some of the challenges and accomplishments of the Commonwealth Office of Technology in an interview with the National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO).

Kentucky Digital Government Summit Coming April 24
For the seventh straight year, the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will partner with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.

Governor’s Online Budget Surplus Survey is Popular with Citizens
Over 26,000 responses were submitted to Gov. Ernie Fletcher’s online budget surplus survey, Your Money, Your Priorities, during a recent six-week period ending Jan. 25, 2007.

Legislature Considers Electronic Filing of Campaign Finance Reports
Kentucky could vault into the national leadership for best campaign finance laws after the General Assembly considers a bill sponsored by Sen. Damon Thayer (R-Georgetown).

National Tech Stories
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No Child Left Offline Making a Difference in Eastern Kentucky

No Child Left Offline is Kentucky's award-winning program in which surplus computers are refurbished and distributed to middle school students who otherwise would have no home access to the world of online information and communication.  This program puts quality computers in the homes of students that need them most. Through the support of public and private partners, No Child Left Offline is bringing Kentuckians into the Information Age.

Launched in January 2006 by Gov. Fletcher as part of Kentucky’s Prescription for Innovation, this initiative is the most comprehensive of its kind undertaken by any state in the nation.  The program is ensuring that hundreds, and eventually thousands, of usable computers are saved from landfills and used for the benefit of Kentucky families.

ConnectKentucky, a nonprofit organization that promotes technology-based economic development in the commonwealth, is coordinating the project with operational support from the Kentucky Department for Commercialization and Innovation and the Governor’s Office for Local Development. Additional state support is provided by the Education Cabinet, the Commonwealth Office of Technology, Kentucky Correctional Industries and the University of Louisville. Microsoft Corporation™, CA, Inc. and Lexmark International provide software and printers to the project.

   A Tally of Computers Provided by No Child Left Offline

Table showing computer distributions from the No Child Left Offline program through Feb. 2007

Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  In what year was Kentucky's first identity theft legislation passed?

Answer:  The Kentucky legislature passed "an act to punish cheats and false personations of others" on February 7, 1843. Anyone who shall "fraudulently represent or personate another" in marrying, becoming bail or surety in any civil or criminal proceeding, confess any judgment, acknowledge the conveyance of any real estate, or do any other act by which a person would incur any financial obligation was to be punished by imprisonment for up to five years. Receiving any property or money under an assumed name would be punished to the same extent. Obtaining the signature of anyone under false pretenses was to be punished by imprisonment for up to three years.

From the Kentucky Historical Society's Moments in Kentucky Legislative History Web page published in conjunction with the 2007 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

In what year was Kentucky's first identity theft legislation passed?

(See the answer at the bottom of this page.)


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