July 21, 2009 By Wayne Hanson
If the "Respecting State's Rights and Concealed and Carry Reciprocity Act" becomes law, it would allow those with concealed weapons permits from one jurisdiction to legally carry a concealed weapon into other jurisdictions which may currently prohibit the practice. If the measure -- an amendment to the Defense Authorization Bill -- passes, said New Jersey Gov. Jon S. Corzine in a release, the state will file a lawsuit to have the law declared unconstitutional.
The National Rifle Association terms the measure the "Right to Carry Reciprocity Act" and on its Web site says that "Under the Thune-Vitter amendment, an individual who has met the requirements for a carry permit, or who is otherwise allowed by his home state's state law to carry a firearm, would be authorized to carry a firearm for protection in any other state that issues such permits, subject to the laws of the state in which the firearm is carried."
[Update: the measure fell two votes short of Senate approval.]
This Digital Communities white paper highlights discussions with IT officials in four counties that have adopted shared services models. Our aim was to learn about the obstacles these governments have faced when it comes to shared services and what it takes to overcome those roadblocks. We also spoke with several members of the IT industry who have thought long and hard about these issues. The paper offers some best practices for shared government-to-government services, but also points out challenges that government and industry still must overcome before this model gains widespread adoption.