April 25, 2007 By Wayne Hanson
The Californa Senate recently passed two bills that would prohibit public-sector use of RFID tags in driver licenses and education for a period of three years. The bills now move to the House of Representatives.
Senate Bill 28 would prohibit the department from "issuing, renewing, duplicating, or replacing a drivers license or identification card, if the license or card uses radio waves to either transmit personal information remotely or to enable personal information to be read from the license or card remotely. This bill would provide that its provisions shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2011, and as of that date would be repealed."
Senate Bill 29 would prohibit a public school, school district, and county office of education from "issuing any device to a pupil that uses radio waves to transmit personal information, as defined, or to enable personal information to be viewed remotely for the purposes of recording the attendance of a pupil at school, establishing or tracking the location of a pupil on school grounds, or both. The bill would repeal these provisions as of January 1, 2011."
Several other RFID-related bills are also under consideration.
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.