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California: Bill on AI assigned to Senate Committee

On February 14, 2024, Senate Bill 896 for the Artificial Intelligence Accountability Act was referred to the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization. The bill was introduced and read for the first time on January 3, 2024, to the California Senate.

If passed, the bill will require the Government Operations Agency, the Department of Technology, and the Office of Data and Innovation to develop and maintain guidelines for state agencies and departments to analyze the impact that adopting generative artificial intelligence (AI) may have on vulnerable communities. These groups must also produce a State of California Benefits and Risk of Generative Artificial Intelligence Report that includes: 

  • examination of significant and potentially beneficial uses of generative AI tools by the state; 

  • an explanation of benefits to individuals, communities, and government employees; and 

  • an explanation of risks from bad actors and risks to governmental systems. 

In addition, the bill states that the Director of Emergency Services, the California Cybersecurity Integration Center, and the State Threat Assessment Center should perform a joint risk analysis of potential threats posed using generative AI to California's critical energy infrastructure. The bill mentions that the report should be provided to the Governor and public recommendations should be considered, if appropriate. The Government Operations Agency, the Department of General Services, the Department of Technology, and the California Cybersecurity Integration Center will also be responsible for developing general guidelines for procurement and training in the public sector for the use of generative AI.

Additional requirements under the bill include requiring state agencies to: 

  • submit an inventory of current high-risk uses of generative AI;  

  • provide notification when generative AI is used to directly communicate with a person, either through an online interface or via telephone; and  

  • evaluate any automated decision-making system that is utilized by a state agency or department for risk potential before adoption.  

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: April 10, 2024

Bill re-referred to Committee on Judiciary

On April 9, 2024, the bill was re-referred to the Committee on Judiciary after being recommended for passage as amended on the same day.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: April 11, 2024

Bill read for second time and amended in Senate

On April 10, 2024, the bill was read for the second time and amended in the Senate. The bill was re-referred to the Committee on Judiciary on the same date.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: April 18, 2024

Bill recommended for passage and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations

On April 17, 2024, the bill was recommended for passage and re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: May 23, 2024

Bill ordered for third reading

On May 20, 2024, the bill had its second reading and was ordered to its third reading. Prior to this, on May 16, 2024, the bill was read for the second time and amended before being ordered to a second reading. On the same day, the Committee on Appropriations had reviewed the bill, passed it as amended with unanimous approval, and recommended it for a second reading.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: May 27, 2024

Bill passes third reading in Senate and read for first time in Assembly

On May 24, 2024, the bill passed its third reading in the Senate. On the same day, the bill was read for the first time in the Assembly.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: June 4, 2024

Bill referred to Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection

On June 3, 2024, the bill was referred to the Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: June 5, 2024

Bill read for second time, amended, and re-referred to Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection

On June 4, 2024, the bill was read for a second time, amended, and re-referred to the Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection on the same day. The amendments include clarifying that the bill will now be known as the Generative Artificial Intelligence Accountability Act and adding that private colleges and universities should also collaborate with the private sector and relevant state agencies to train students to meet the AI workforce development needs of the state.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.

Update: July 4, 2024

Bill read for second time and re-referred to Committee on Appropriations

On July 3, 2024, the bill was read for a second time, amended, and re-referred to the Committee on Appropriations.

You can read the bill here and track its progress here.