AI System Inventory Bill Goes to Governor

Published On: September 22, 2023

Assembly Bill 302 by Assemblymember Chris Ward (D- San Diego), which calls for a comprehensive inventory of all high-risk automated decision systems in state government, was passed by the legislature and now awaits action by Governor Newsom. The legislation has similar requirements to the governor’s recently issued executive order on AI.

The bill “would require the Department of Technology, in coordination with other interagency bodies, to conduct, on or before September 1, 2024, a comprehensive inventory of all high-risk automated decision systems, as defined, that have been proposed for use, development, or procurement by, or are being used, developed, or procured by, state agencies, as defined,” says an analysis. “The bill would require the comprehensive inventory to include a description of, among other things, the categories of data and personal information the automated decision system uses to make its decisions. On or before January 1, 2025, and annually thereafter, the bill would require the department to submit a report of the above-described comprehensive inventory to specified committees of the Legislature.”

Meanwhile, Newsom on September 6th issued an executive order calling for a comprehensive study on the state’s use of artificial intelligence, which includes an inventory of AI uses in state government.

The order says:

In order to assist the Government Operations Agency and the California Department of Technology in these efforts, all agencies and departments subject to my authority shall conduct and submit an inventory of all current high-risk uses of GenAI within the agency or department to the California Department of Technology, which will administer the inventory. To effectuate this inventory, all agencies and departments shall appoint a senior level management personnel who will be responsible for conducting and reporting the results of the inventory to the California Department of Technology within 60 days of issuance of this Order. The senior management personnel shall be responsible for maintaining the inventory on an ongoing basis.

The governor has until Oct. 14 to approve or veto the legislation.


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