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Saine’s IT bill signed by McCrory

SARAH LOWERY
Staff Writer

One of the 28 bills signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory on Wednesday included a measure headed up by N.C. Rep. Jason Saine, R-Lincoln, and designed to implement changes in the governance of the state’s information technology.
HB 390, of which Saine was the primary sponsor, will seek to improve IT “contracting, security and oversight by giving the state chief information officer authority to enter performance-assurance agreements while making sure of vendor compliance with the state’s IT security standards,” according to a news release issued by McCrory’s press office.
Saine, who chairs the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Information Technology, previously sponsored two bills intended to improve technology in public schools and expand digital-learning opportunities that were signed into law in March.
In attendance for his latest bill’s signing was State Chief Information Officer Chris Estes.
Another of his legislative efforts, HB 930, hopes to crack down on puppy mills and has earned the support of the state’s first lady, Ann McCrory. At present, the measure is hung up in a Senate committee.
The Legislature is currently focused on hammering out a final budget for the next fiscal year, with a continuing resolution to keep the state’s government running through the end of July also signed by Gov. McCrory on Wednesday.

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