H.B. 1701, a bill to create a geospatial coordination council in
Pennsylvania, unanimously (194-0) passed the Pennsylvania House April 2. The
bill was introduced by Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Peach Bottom). Pennsylvania
is one of only three states that does not have a geospatial coordination
PA-MAPPS, the first state chapter of MAPPS, has been driving the
effort for the creation of a geospatial coordination council since
H.B. 1701 brings the state agencies, counties, townships,
universities and private sector together to provide coordination of
geospatial activities in the Commonwealth.
A number of organizations have provided their support and action for the formation of a council through legislation, including:
- Pennsylvania Mapping and Geographic Information Consortium (PAMAGIC)
- County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP)
- PA Chapter of the American Planning Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
- Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association (PMAA)
- The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education GIS Consortium and Affiliates (PASSHEGIS Consortium and Affiliates)
The bill will now be considered by the Pennsylvania Senate.
Rep. Cutler sent a news release
following the passage of the bill.