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The 2008 Kentucky Digital Government Summit will be held in Lexington on April 22, 2008.  Read more.

Kentucky Digital Government Summit Coming April 22
For the eighth straight year the Commonwealth Office of Technology (COT) will partner with Government Technology magazine and industry sponsors to host the Kentucky Digital Government Summit.

Cybersafety Legislation Passes House 94-0
The Kentucky House of Representatives recently passed Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. Johnny Bell’s cybersafety legislation by a vote of 94-0.

Kentucky Taxpayers Encouraged to File Electronic Returns
The Finance and Administration Cabinet’s Department of Revenue (DOR) encourages Kentucky taxpayers to file electronically again this year.

Three State Archives and GIS Agencies Unite to Save Historic Electronic Files
Kentucky, North Carolina and Utah received a $500,000 grant from the Library of Congress to work on preserving geographic information in a digital format.

Distributed Watershed Portals
A long-standing partnership between the Kentucky Division of Geographic Information and the Open Geospatial Consortium is resulting in benefits to users of geographic information in Kentucky.

Attorney General Conway and Rep. Webb Introduce Identity-Theft Bill
Attorney General Jack Conway and Rep. Robin Webb of Grayson recently filed legislation that will help protect the identities of Kentuckians and update laws to keep pace with changes in technology.

Three Companies Granted Funding From Cabinet's High-Tech Investment Pool 
The Kentucky Economic Development Finance Authority has granted three Jefferson County companies a combined total of up to $891,000 in funding from the High-Tech Investment Pool.

PSC Reminds Consumers of Do-Not-Call List Changes
The Kentucky Public Service Commission reminds residents that the Federal Trade Commission has assumed responsibility for maintaining the list of telephone customers who do not want to receive calls from telemarketers.

New Kentucky Lincoln Heritage Trail Web Site Now Online
A new Web site taking visitors on a virtual visit to historic sites along the new Kentucky
Lincoln Heritage Trail was launched in advance of national and statewide Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial commemorations in Hodgenville.

General Election Turnout Data is Now Available
The State Board of Elections recently announced that turnout data for the November 2007 election is now available on its Web site at

National Tech Stories
State Stat

Early Returns Are In and E-File Is The Winner!

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Every year at this time, Techlines features a State Stat on the number of taxpayers moving from paper to electronic tax filing.  As of February 27, 2008, 92 percent of all individual income tax returns filed thus far with Kentucky's Department of Revenue have been e-filed.  So far, the actual number of e-filed returns is 646,728 this year, which is a 6.5 percent increase over 2007.  Read more 

Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

Question:  The November 2007 election had the lowest turnout in modern history for a Kentucky gubernatorial election. What percentage of eligible voters voted in this election?

Answer:  Statewide turnout for the November 2007 general election was 37.8 percent of eligible voters. Turnout in the 2003 general election, the most recent comparable election, was 40.2 percent. Read more.

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Techlines Trivia Question of the Month

The November 2007 election had the lowest turnout in modern history for a Kentucky gubernatorial election.  What percentage of eligible voters voted in this election?

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


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Last Updated 3/7/2008