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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 15, 2020 10:59 AM
From: Senator John R. Gordner
To: All Senate members
Subject: Extending the Sunset of the State Geospatial Coordinating Board
In the near future, I intend to introduce legislation that would extend the sunset of the Geospatial Coordinating Board by 4 years and make minor adjustments to the authorizing statute.

My legislation, which became Act 178 of 2014, was signed into law to create the State Geospatial Coordinating Board. The intent of the Board was to provide uniform data standards, coordination and efficiency of geospatial policy and technology issues among federal, state, and local government agencies, academic institutions, and the private sector. At that time, we instituted a sunset for the operation of the board, which will expire on June 30, 2020.
The board has been successful in its mission and the members want to continue its important work. Therefore, I will soon be introducing legislation that will extend the sunset of the Board by 4 years. I also intend to make some minor adjustments to the statute, including the authorization for the hiring of an executive director, which will allow the board to function with even more effectiveness. There is an agreement between the legislative departments and agencies that are a part of the board to share the cost for the executive director, at the approval of the Governor.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation.

Introduced as SB1027