Gov. signs 3 technology bills

Bills make electronic data available; advance Hawaii Broadband Initiative

Published  1:21 PM HST Jul 03, 2013
HONOLULU -

Gov. Neil Abercrombie signed three bills Wednesday that advance Hawaii's technology goals.

"Technology is ever-changing, and state government needs to change with it.  An open government helps citizens be engaged in their government and further promotes government accountability and transparency," said Gov. Abercrombie.

HB632 (Relating to Open Data) requires state departments to make electronic data sets available to the public.  The bill also requires the chief information officer (CIO) to develop policies and procedures to implement the Open Data Initiative, and appropriates $100,000 each fiscal year of the biennium to Office of Information Practices (OIP).

HB635 (Relating to Broadband) requires the state and counties to take action in advancing the Hawaii Broadband Initiative within 60 days (for conservation districts, the state must take action within 145 days).  The initiative’s goal is to provide ultra high-speed Internet access by 2018, and this clear and decisive timeline will reduce uncertainty for broadband companies and serve as an incentive to invest in increased bandwidth.

SB1003 (Relating to Information Technology), another of the administration’s bills, authorizes the CIO to conduct security audits and direct remedial actions, as necessary, in the management of the state’s cyber security.

"As these resources come online, cyber security will become even more critical, and these measures include steps to further secure the people’s data," said Gov. Abercrombie.

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