Pennsylvania is currently in the process of pulling together its Geospatial Coordinating Council. This body will (hopefully) be modeled after some efforts that have been successful in North Carolina and other states with mature geospatial coordination efforts.
PRINTER'S NO. 4455
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
No. 2871 Session of 2006
INTRODUCED BY FAIRCHILD, CAWLEY,
THOMAS, BELFANTI, CALTAGIRONE,
CAPPELLI, CLYMER, CREIGHTON, DeWEESE, MUSTIO,
PHILLIPS, RUBLEY, SATHER, SONNEY, STURLA, TIGUE
YOUNGBLOOD, JUNE 30, 2006
REFERRED TO COMMITTEE ON INTERGOVERNMENTAL
JUNE 30, 2006
AN ACT18 6405. Discretionary powers.
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1 6406. Reports.
2 6407. Creation and general powers of committees.
3 6408. Composition and duties of committees.
4 6409. Pennsylvania Mapping and Geospatial Technologies Fund.
5 § 6401. Short title of chapter.
6 This chapter shall be known and may be cited as the
7 Pennsylvania Geospatial Coordinating Council Act.
8 § 6402. Definitions.
9 The following words and phrases when used in this chapter
10 shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the
11 context clearly indicates otherwise:
12 "Council." The Pennsylvania Geospatial Coordinating Council
13 established in section 6403 (relating to Pennsylvania Geospatial
14 Coordinating Council) as an agency independent of the executive
16 "Fund." The Pennsylvania Mapping and Geospatial Technologies
17 Fund established in section 6409 (relating to Pennsylvania
18 Mapping and Geospatial Technologies Fund).
19 § 6403. Pennsylvania Geospatial Coordinating Council.
20 (a) Establishment.--The Pennsylvania Geospatial Coordinating
21 Council is hereby established.
22 (b) Membership.--The council shall consist of up to 35
23 members who shall serve until the expiration of their terms,
24 membership or employment or until their successors are
25 appointed. The following persons shall serve on the council:
26 (1) The Secretary of Environmental Protection of the
28 (2) The Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources
29 of the Commonwealth.
30 (3) The Secretary of Transportation of the Commonwealth.
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1 (4) The Director of the Pennsylvania Emergency
2 Management Agency.
3 (5) Three persons nominated by the Governor who shall be
4 appointed without the advice and consent of the Senate. The
5 persons nominated by the Governor shall be selected from
6 either the Governor's Office or other State agencies under
7 the Governor's jurisdiction and shall serve three-year terms.
8 (6) A designee of the President pro tempore of the
9 Senate who shall serve a three-year term.
10 (7) A designee of the Minority Leader of the Senate who
11 shall serve a three-year term.
12 (8) A designee of the Speaker of the House of
13 Representatives who shall serve a three-year term.
14 (9) A designee of the Minority Leader of the House of
15 Representatives who shall serve a three-year term.
16 (10) A designee of the Chief Justice of the Pennsylvania
17 Supreme Court who shall serve a three-year term.
18 (11) A designee of the Pennsylvania Historical and
19 Museum Commission who shall serve a three-year term.
20 (12) Six persons nominated by the County Commissioners
21 Association of Pennsylvania to serve three-year terms. The
22 nominees shall be appointed by the Governor without the
23 advice and consent of the Senate. At least four of the six
24 nominees shall be current or former county commissioners.
25 (13) A designee of the Statewide organization
26 representing school boards who shall be appointed by the
27 Governor without the advice and consent of the Senate. The
28 designee shall serve a three-year term.
29 (14) A designee of the Statewide organization
30 representing authorities who shall be appointed by the
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1 Governor without the advice and consent of the Senate. The
2 designee shall serve a three-year term.
3 (15) A designee of the Statewide organization
4 representing boroughs who shall be appointed by the Governor
5 without the advice and consent of the Senate. The designee
6 shall serve a three-year term.
7 (16) A designee of the Statewide organization
8 representing cities who shall be appointed by the Governor
9 without the advice and consent of the Senate. The designee
10 shall serve a three-year term.
11 (17) A designee of the Statewide organization
12 representing first class townships who shall be appointed by
13 the Governor without the advice and consent of the Senate.
14 The designee shall serve a three-year term.
15 (18) A designee of the Statewide organization
16 representing second class townships who shall be appointed by
17 the Governor without the advice and consent of the Senate.
18 The designee shall serve a three-year term.
19 (19) A designee of the Pennsylvania Society of Land
20 Surveyors who shall be appointed by the Governor without the
21 advice and consent of the Senate. The designee shall serve a
22 three-year term.
23 (20) A designee of the Pennsylvania Association of
24 Colleges and Universities who shall be appointed by the
25 Governor without the advice and consent of the Senate. The
26 designee shall serve a three-year term.
27 (21) A designee of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business
28 and Industry who shall be appointed by the Governor without
29 the advice and consent of the Senate. The designee shall
30 serve a three-year term.
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1 (22) A designee of the Pennsylvania One Call System who
2 shall be appointed by the Governor without the advice and
3 consent of the Senate. The designee shall serve a three-year
5 (23) A designee of a Federal agency with an office in
6 this Commonwealth from the Federal Geographic Data Commission
7 or its successor who shall be appointed by the Governor
8 without the advice and consent of the Senate. The designee
9 shall serve a three-year term.
10 (24) Up to five persons who shall be nominated by the
11 council and appointed by the Governor. The nominees shall be
12 appointed without the advice and consent of the Senate and
13 shall serve three-year terms. Members may be nominated from
14 State executive agencies or independent boards, commissions
15 or legislative service agencies not otherwise represented on
16 the council, State row offices, county or local governments,
17 regional counterterrorism task forces, local law enforcement,
18 professional organizations, the Pennsylvania Mapping and
19 Geographic Information Consortium or other interested private
20 citizens and groups.
21 (c) Executive director.--The Management and Operations
22 committee shall nominate an executive director to be approved by
23 the council. The executive director shall appoint staff to any
24 position created and funded by the council.
25 (d) Vacancies.--Vacancies on the council shall be filled by
26 the appointment of a successor in accordance with the procedures
27 set forth in this chapter.
28 (e) Meetings.--The council shall meet quarterly and at other
29 times at the call of the chair. The Secretary of Transportation
30 shall call the first organizational meeting of the council and
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1 preside until a chair is elected.
2 (f) Officers.--The council shall elect a chair and vice
3 chair from among its membership at the first organizational
4 meeting to serve until the first quarterly meeting of the
5 following year. Thereafter, the council shall elect a chair and
6 vice chair from its membership at the first quarterly meeting in
7 each calendar year to serve one-year terms. No person may serve
8 as chair for more than two consecutive terms or for more than a
9 total of four full one-year terms.
10 (g) Quorum and bylaws.--A simple majority of the members
11 appointed on the council shall constitute a quorum. The council
12 shall establish bylaws to govern its proceedings as required for
13 the council to take official action. The bylaws shall provide
14 for the duties of the executive director regarding personnel,
15 accounting, budgeting and other matters necessary to the
16 functioning of the council.
17 (h) Reimbursement for expenses.--Members of the council
18 shall serve without compensation and shall be reimbursed by the
19 council for reasonable expenses actually incurred in connection
20 with official duties of the council in accordance with this
21 chapter and the bylaws of the council.
22 (i) Organization.--The council shall be organized within the
23 Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for
24 organizational, budgetary and administrative purposes.
25 § 6404. General powers of council.
26 (a) Cooperation.--The council shall encourage cooperation
27 and cost-sharing among Federal, State and local government
28 agencies, academic institutions and the private sector to
29 improve the quality, access, cost-effectiveness and utility of
30 Pennsylvania's geospatial information and to promote geospatial
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1 information and technology as a strategic resource in this
3 (b) Forum for policy and technology.--The council shall
4 serve as a forum on geospatial policy and technology issues
5 within this Commonwealth to enhance cooperation and coordination
6 among the governments, associations and organizations
7 represented on the council.
8 (c) Strategic planning.--The council shall engage in
9 strategic planning on geospatial issues and on the coordination
10 and sharing of geospatial data and technology across this
12 (d) Policy development.--The council shall develop and
13 propose policies concerning the substance, documentation,
14 standards and sharing of geographic data, geospatial technology
15 systems and other related technologies and advise elected
16 officials regarding needed directions, priorities,
17 responsibilities and funding of geospatial information and
18 technology in this Commonwealth.
19 (e) Technical assistance program.--The council shall
20 administer, within the limits of available resources, a
21 technical assistance program for political subdivisions,
22 authorities and regional planning agencies to develop geospatial
23 technology capabilities that are consistent with the council's
24 overall plan.
25 (f) Fundraising.--The council shall seek public and private
26 grants, donations, appropriations and contributions from its
27 members and from foundations and other external entities in
28 furtherance of the purposes of the council.
29 (g) Final approval.--The council shall have final approval
30 of all policy recommendations proposed by any committee and
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1 working group established by the council.
2 § 6405. Discretionary powers.
3 (a) Staff and administrative expenses.--The council may make
4 expenditures for staff and administrative expenses of the
5 council and for other council purposes from funds designated by
6 the council for such purposes.
7 (b) Contracting.--The council may enter into contracts to
8 purchase products and services required for council operations
9 and to further the purposes of the council.
10 (c) Study of specific topic.--The council may designate one
11 or more additional nonvoting, ex officio members of the council
12 on a temporary, ad hoc basis to assist with the council's study
13 or deliberation of a specific topic.
14 § 6406. Reports.
15 The council shall report at least annually to the Governor,
16 the President pro tempore of the Senate, the Speaker of the
17 House of Representatives and its membership on the status of
18 recommended improvements of geospatial technology in this
20 § 6407. Creation and general powers of committees.
21 (a) Duty of council.--The council shall oversee the standing
22 committees created in this subsection.
23 (b) Creation of committees.--The council may establish,
24 abolish and oversee working groups and additional standing
25 committees as needed with the exception of the Management and
26 Operations Committee.
27 (c) Bylaws.--The following committees are hereby created:
28 (1) State Government Committee.
29 (2) Local Government Committee.
30 (3) Federal Interagency Committee.
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1 (4) Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee.
2 (5) Statewide Geospatial Technology Advisory Committee.
3 (6) Management and Operations Committee.
4 Each standing committee shall adopt bylaws, subject to the
5 council's approval, to govern its proceedings.
6 § 6408. Composition and duties of committees.
7 (a) State Government Committee.--Membership shall consist of
8 representatives from all interested State government entities.
9 The committee shall annually elect one of its members serving
10 pursuant to section 6403(b)(1), (2), (3), (4), (5), (6), (7),
11 (8), (9), (10) and (11) (relating to Pennsylvania Geospatial
12 Coordinating Council) to serve as chair of the State Government
13 Committee and as its representative on the council.
14 (b) Local Government Committee.--Membership shall consist of
15 representatives from organizations and professional associations
16 that currently serve or represent local government geospatial
17 technology users and other groups. The committee shall annually
18 elect one of its members serving pursuant to section
19 6403(b)(12), (13), (14), (15), (16), (17) and (18) to serve as
20 chair of the Local Government Committee and as its
21 representative on the council.
22 (c) Federal Interagency Committee.--Membership shall consist
23 of representatives from all interested Federal agencies with an
24 office located in this Commonwealth. The appointed Federal
25 representative serving pursuant to section 6403(b)(23) shall
26 serve as the chair of the Federal Interagency Committee.
27 (d) Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee.--Membership shall
28 consist of interested members of the council and representatives
29 of other organizations and professional groups with an interest
30 in Statewide mapping issues. The committee shall consolidate
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1 Statewide mapping requirements and attempt to gain Statewide
2 support for financing cooperative programs. The committee shall
3 also advise the council on issues, problems and opportunities
4 relating to Federal, State and local government geospatial data
5 and technology programs. The committee shall annually elect one
6 of its members serving pursuant to section 6403(b) to serve as
7 chair of the Statewide Mapping Advisory Committee and as its
8 representative on the council.
9 (e) Statewide Geospatial Technology Advisory Committee.--
10 Membership shall consist of interested members of the council
11 and representatives of other organizations and professional
12 groups with an interest in Statewide issues concerning
13 geospatial technology. The committee shall advise and make
14 recommendations on the Statewide technical infrastructure for
15 geospatial technology and anticipate and respond to geospatial
16 technology technical opportunities and issues affecting State,
17 county and local governments in this Commonwealth. The committee
18 shall annually elect one of its members serving pursuant to
19 section 6403(b) to serve as chair of the Statewide Geospatial
20 Technology Advisory Committee and as its representative on the
22 (f) Management and Operations Committee.--The Management and
23 Operations Committee shall consider management and operational
24 matters related to geospatial technology and other matters that
25 are formally requested by the council. The committee membership
26 shall consist of the chair of the council, the executive
27 director, the chair of each of the standing committees of the
28 council and other members of the council appointed by the chair
29 of the council and approved by the council.
30 § 6409. Pennsylvania Mapping and Geospatial Technologies Fund.
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1 (a) Establishment.--The Pennsylvania Mapping and Geospatial
2 Technologies Fund is hereby established in the Treasury
4 (b) Source of funds.--The fund shall be comprised of public
5 and private grants, donations, appropriations and contributions
6 from members of the council and from foundations and other
7 external entities.
8 (c) Purposes of fund.--Moneys from the fund shall be used
9 for administrative and personnel costs of the council and its
10 staff and in furtherance of the purposes of the council.
11 (d) Investment.--The State Treasurer shall invest money in
12 the fund not currently needed to meet the obligations of the
13 fund in the same manner as other public money may be invested.
14 Interest that accrues from these investments shall be deposited
15 in the fund.
16 (e) No lapsing of moneys.--Money remaining in the fund at
17 the end of each fiscal year shall remain in the fund and shall
18 not lapse to the General Fund.
19 Section 2. This act shall take effect in 90 days.
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