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Daily Legislative Brief from February 9, 2016

IT Governance

SB 1430-Relating to State Technology
On Tuesday, February 9th, SB 1430, relating to State Technology, by Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) was heard by the Senate Governmental Oversight and Accountability Committee and passed by a vote of 4 yeas to 0 nays. AIF stood in support of this bill.

This bill is IT related and will provide additional authority to the Agency for State Technology (AST).  Specifically, a chief data officer within the Agency for State Technology is to be appointed by the executive director. It authorizes the Agency for State Technology to oversee the transition of various licenses and identification cards to an optional digital proof of the licenses and identification cards for a specified fee and requires the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, in coordination with the Agency for State Technology, to develop a system for issuing an optional digital proof of driver license for a specified fee.  It also provides additional authority to the AST to establish a governance structure for the management of state data to promote openness and interoperability. 

The next committee stop for this bill will be in the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government.

AIF supports legislative changes that will designate systems and processes to be implemented and operated at an enterprise (statewide or agency grouping) level and provide operational authority and funding to the AST.