California: Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group introduced to Senate and amended
Senate Bill 721 for An Act to add and repeal Section 11546.47 of the Government Code, relating to artificial intelligence was introduced, on 16 February 2023, to the California State Senate, and thereafter referred, on 1 March 2023, to the Governance and Finance Committee. Subsequently, the bill, following amendments to the same introduced by its author, was read a second time and amended, on 22 March 2023, by the Senate, and re-referred to the Governance and Finance Committee, on the same date. In particular, the bill seeks to establish, for a period until 1 January 2030, the California Interagency AI Working Group to deliver a report to the legislature regarding artificial intelligence ('AI').
More in detail, the bill would require the working group members to be Californians with expertise in at least two of certain areas, including computer science, AI, and data privacy. Furthermore, the bill provides that the working group shall take input from a broad range of stakeholders and shall, among other things, study the implications of the usage of AI for data collection to inform testing and evaluation, verification, and validation of AI to ensure that the same will perform as intended, including when interacting with humans and other systems.
UPDATE (28 March 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group re-referred to Rules Committee
The bill was withdrawn, on 23 March 2023, from the Senate Governance and Finance Committee and thereafter re-referred, on the same date, to the Rules Committee.
UPDATE (5 April 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group re-referred to Governmental Organization Committee
The bill was re-referred, on 29 March 2023, to the Senate Committee on Governmental Organization.
UPDATE (17 April 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group passes Committee
The bill was passed, on 11 April 2023, by the Committee on Governmental Organization, and re-referred to the Committee on Judiciary.
UPDATE (21 April 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group recommended for passage by Committee
The bill was recommended for passage, on 19 April 2023, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary and thereafter was re-referred to the Appropriations Committee, on the same date.
UPDATE (19 May 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group passes second reading
The bill passed second reading, on 18 May 2023, and has been ordered for a third reading.
UPDATE (25 May 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group ordered to Assembly
The bill passed its third reading, on 24 May, 2023, and has been ordered to the California Assembly.
UPDATE (2 June 2023)
Bill to establish Interagency AI Working Group referred to Committee
The bill was referred on, 1 June 2023, to the Committee on Privacy and Consumer Protection.