I’m back! I had a two month hiatus spent largely on the Indiana legislative session, and boy am I glad it’s over. I have a new-found respect for our law makers who do that year after year – and I was following only one bill!
I am very pleased to report that Governor Daniels signed the first Indiana GIS bill into law last Wednesday. Much thanks go to senate sponsor Sen. David Ford and house sponsor Rep. Scott Reske for their support, leadership, and faith in what we do. The law defines GIS framework data, institutes a governor appointed Geographic Information Officer, and establishes a framework for a statewide GIS Data Integration Plan and GIS framework data standards. Finally, it establishes a fund for GIS (though does not add dollars to the pot yet – we hope this is the first step in an incremental process!).