Assembly Bill 2261 by Assemblymember Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park), which would regulate the way government agencies use facial recognition technology (FRT), was stalled in committee this week.Read More
As we have been reporting, there are two bills dealing with the NextEra Eagle Crest Pumped Storage Project: one is currently being held in committee, and the other passed unanimously and is on its way to the Appropriations Committee where it will likely be held – at least for a while.Read More
Legislators returned to work this week and wasted little time in promoting a climate bond to deal with the next climate-related catastrophe, as well as California’s own Green New Deal to help with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and homelessness.Read More
Legislation requiring local government agencies to post housing-related data online yesterday passed the Senate and is now on its way to the governor’s desk.
AB 1483 by Assemblymember Tim Grayson (D-Concord) bill requires cities and counties to post specified housing-related information on their Web sites and calls for the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to establish a workgroup to develop a strategy for state housing data.Read More
The director of the California Department of Technology will have authority to hire a new advisor on the uses of artificial intelligence (AI) in state government if the governor approves a measure that earlier this week passed both houses of the Legislature. The new position will advise the department on “incorporating artificial intelligence into state information technology strategic plans, policies, standards, and enterprise architecture.”Read More
Information Technology vendors working for the State of California will undergo new performance evaluations for all contracts of $500,000 or more, under pending legislation by Assembymember Rudy Salas (D- San Francisco). AB 971 requires departments awarding contracts information technology services to complete a thorough post-evaluation of the contractor and for public officials who sign reports to confirm its accuracy. The reports will not be subject to the California Public Records Act, according to the latest version of the bill which is in the final stages of the legislative process. As of Monday, the bill has passed both houses and is on its way to the governor’s desk.Read More