PRINTER'S NO. 826
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY GORDNER, RAFFERTY AND FERLO, APRIL 3, 2013
REFERRED TO VETERANS AFFAIRS AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS, APRIL 3, 2013
1Amending the act of April 9, 1929 (P.L.177, No.175), entitled
2"An act providing for and reorganizing the conduct of the
3executive and administrative work of the Commonwealth by the
4Executive Department thereof and the administrative
5departments, boards, commissions, and officers thereof,
6including the boards of trustees of State Normal Schools, or
7Teachers Colleges; abolishing, creating, reorganizing or
8authorizing the reorganization of certain administrative
9departments, boards, and commissions; defining the powers and
10duties of the Governor and other executive and administrative
11officers, and of the several administrative departments,
12boards, commissions, and officers; fixing the salaries of the
13Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and certain other executive
14and administrative officers; providing for the appointment of
15certain administrative officers, and of all deputies and
16other assistants and employes in certain departments, boards,
17and commissions; and prescribing the manner in which the
18number and compensation of the deputies and all other
19assistants and employes of certain departments, boards and
20commissions shall be determined," providing for the State
21Geospatial Coordinating Board.
27Section 432.1. State Geospatial Coordinating Board.--(a)
1The State Geospatial Coordinating Board shall be an advisory
2board within the Governor's Office with the same status under
3this act as that of advisory boards. The board is established to
4provide advice and recommendations to the Governor and the
5citizens of this Commonwealth on geospatial issues, providing
6for uniformity, data standards, coordination and the efficiency
7of geospatial policy and technology issues among Federal, State
8and local government agencies, academic institutions and the
12(1) The Secretary of Administration or a designee.
13(2) The Secretary of Environmental Protection or a designee.
18(5) The Secretary of Transportation or a designee.
19(6) The Secretary of General Services or a designee.
28(11) Three members appointed by the Governor as follows:
3(d) The terms of office of members representing State
4agencies shall coincide with the terms of the Governor. In case
5of a vacancy, the Governor shall make an appointment for the
6unexpired portion of the term. An organizational designee shall
7serve a term of three years. In the case of a vacancy, the
8appropriate organization shall provide a designee for the
9unexpired portion of the term.
10(e) The Governor shall designate the chairperson and vice-
11chairperson of the council from among the members of the
12council, other than the ex officio and legislative members. The
13council shall meet not less than four times yearly. Additional
14meetings shall be at the discretion of the chairperson. Nine
15members of the council shall constitute a quorum.
16(f) The members of the council shall serve without
17compensation but shall be entitled to receive travel and other
18reasonable expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.
19The council may, with the approval of the Governor, appoint and
20fix the compensation of an executive director who shall be
21technically qualified for the duties of the office and who shall
22act as secretary of the council and conduct the work of the
23council under its supervision.
24(g) The council shall have the power to employ and fix the
25compensation of such experts, stenographers and assistants as
26may be deemed necessary to carry out the work on the council,
27but due diligence shall be exercised by the council to enlist
28such voluntary assistance as may be available from citizens,
29research organizations and other agencies in this Commonwealth
30or elsewhere, generally recognized as qualified to aid the
2(h) The council shall have the following powers and duties:
6(2) Monitor national and State trends, identify issues of
7potential interest and concern to the Commonwealth and prepare
8for the Governor and the General Assembly on an annual basis, or
9more often if necessary, reports detailing the findings of the
11(3) Define and prioritize strategic opportunities where maps
12and spatial analysis activities could enhance the business of
13government and provide more cost-effective services to citizens.
14This may include recommendations of specific geospatial
15technology investments in this Commonwealth.
16(4) Develop task forces as needed to formulate recommended
17positions or actions. The task force membership may be comprised
18of council members or designees appointed by the council. The
19council shall consider any task force recommendations at its
28Section 2. This act shall take effect in 60 days.