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1002, 2023

Legislation Proposes New CDT Office of Artificial Intelligence

The California Department of Technology will have a new Office of Artificial Intelligence with "powers and authorities necessary to guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems by a state agency," if Senate Bill 313 (Dodd- D) is passed by the Legislature.   Proposed this week, the bill has basic language that will likely be amended with more details.  The purpose appears to be aimed at preventing bias and promoting "equitable outcomes for Californians."

2405, 2022

Modular Contracting Bills Stall

Legislation that would have mandated modular contracting for large-scale IT projects has failed passage by the Assembly Appropriations committee, ending the possibility of it becoming state law. Assemblymembers Rudy Salas (D-Bakersfield) and Devon Mathis (R-Visalia) introduced Assembly Bill 1806, which would have required the use of modular contracting by the California Department of Technology (CDT) for projects with a budget of $2.5 million or more.

2204, 2022

Modular Contracting Legislation Moves Forward

California's history of failed IT projects is undeniable.  For years, the Sacramento technology community has read stories about large-scale projects with major budget overruns, going far beyond schedule, or being altogether canceled, costing taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. 

1003, 2022

Legislation Aims to Crack Down on Data Brokers

SB 1059 will make annual registration and reporting requirements stricter for data brokers and doubles penalties for data traffickers who break the law by failing to disclose data breaches or failing to report information collection from minors.

1009, 2019

Vendors Subject to New Performance Review Under Pending Legislation

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.

909, 2019

Legislation mandates statewide open data portal, creates communities of practice

AB 802 by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Monterey Bay) creates a statutory requirement for the California Department of Technology to host an open data portal.   The bill also calls for the created of a community of practice to help govern policies, standards and privacy related to data.  While it made it to the final stages of the legislative process, its future is in question after it was held last month in the Senate Appropriations Committee as part of the "suspense file" where many bills with fiscal impact live or die in the final hours of the legislative session. 

808, 2019

California Assembles First Blockchain Working Group

California’s blockchain effort to study the technology's potential in government has a new leader.  Camille Crittenden is the first chair of the blockchain working group, which was formed as a result of Assembly Bill 2658, passed in 2018, according to a state announcement from.   Crittenden will lead a total of 20 members in the working group, which is comprised of a diverse collection of experts in tech, business, law, privacy and consumer organizations including Assembly Ian Calderon (who authored AB 2658), Senator Robert M. Hertzberg, and CDT Director Amy Tong. Blockchain is the technology that records digital transactions and cryptocurrencies [...]

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