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406, 2024

Legislation Overseeing AI in State Call Centers Advances

The State Senate has passed Senate Bill 1220, by Senator Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara), aimed at regulating the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and automated decision systems (ADS) in public benefit program call centers. The bill seeks to ensure that AI does not replace core job functions of human workers in state and local agencies.

2005, 2024

Little Hoover Commission Public Hearings on AI

[Updated with hearing video] The hearing on May 23rd is the first in a series with an overview of California’s efforts to incorporate AI into state government operations and outline best practices for future implementation.  Leaders from government, academia, and the tech industry testified.

105, 2024

Proposed Commission on Cutting Red Tape Would Confront Ineffective Bureaucracy

California could embark on a new journey to root out broken bureaucracy and create a more efficient and streamlined government if Assembly Bill 3242, authored by Assembly Member Luz Rivas (D-San Fernando Valley), becomes law. This legislation would establish the Commission on Cutting Red Tape (CCRT) within the Government Operations Agency to start on July 1, 2025.

1704, 2024

Ron Robinette Joins GovOps as Agency CIO

Ron Robinette has started a new position as Deputy Secretary and Agency Chief Information Officer at California Government Operations Agency (GovOps), according to an April 16 post on his LinkedIn page.

1403, 2024

California’s Digital Future: Insights from CTO Jonathan Porat

On Wednesday, March 13, California’s Chief Technology Officer outlined his vision for California’s digital future, giving a bird’s eye view of the state’s goals and initiatives to help modernize, innovate, and increase its scope.  The state seeks to prioritize a service-first mentality and inclusivity, and Porat criticized past practices of simple digitization, advocating for a more comprehensive approach that considers broader policy goals.

1402, 2024

Senator Introduces AI Oversight Measure for California

California Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) has introduced SB 1047, a bill aimed at ensuring the safe and responsible development of large-scale artificial intelligence (AI) systems in the state, his office announced. The legislation seeks to establish clear safety standards for developers working on the most powerful AI systems, before releasing them for public use.  Wiener announced his intention to introduce such legislation at the end of last year’s session. 

2101, 2024

TechCA Year in Review – 2023

Every week, TechCA covers California's technology industry for its members, tracking legislation, policy initiatives, leadership changes, and important news for IT professionals.  This year, as part of the govreport, the association is sharing its annual Year in Review to highlight some of 2023's most newsworthy articles for the community to enjoy. 

1512, 2023

State Releases Draft Digital Equity Plan

With the release of its draft Digital Equity Plan, the state aims to ensure that every resident has fair and equal access to the vast opportunities presented by the digital realm. This landmark initiative invites public participation, welcoming comments and contributions until January 25, 2024.

2711, 2023

State report looks at AI risks and rewards

California stands at the forefront of innovation, and in a landmark move, Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) has prompted an extensive 34-page report delving into the risks and rewards of integrating GenAI into the state’s governmental framework.

311, 2023

California aims for measured approach on AI

President Joe Biden this week issued a landmark executive order aimed at positioning the United States as a global leader in the development and responsible use of artificial intelligence, garnering widespread support.

2109, 2023

New Legislation Seeks Safe AI Development

Senator Scott Wiener (D- San Francisco) has introduced SB 294, known as the Safety in Artificial Intelligence Act, aiming to establish a comprehensive framework for ensuring the safe development of AI models within California, the legislator announced.   The core objectives of SB 294 include mandating responsible scaling practices for AI labs, robust testing for safety risks in advanced models, and the imposition of strong liability for damages resulting from foreseeable safety risks. The proposal also seeks to create CalCompute, a cloud-based compute cluster available to AI researchers and smaller developers within California's public university system. The bill is currently classified [...]

1307, 2023

California Unveils New Digital Strategy

This week, the California Department of Technology (CDT) unveiled its groundbreaking Digital Strategy, a collaborative effort with the Government Operations Agency and the Office of Data and Innovation, according to a July 12 blog post by State Chief Technology Officer Jonathan Porat.

2605, 2023

Legislation Proposing AI Working Group Passes Senate

Senate Bill 721, authored by Senator Josh Becker, which proposes to create the California Interagency AI Working Group, passed the Senate this week on a 38-0 vote.  The bill now heads to the Assembly to continue through the legislative process.

2804, 2023

Legislation Creates Domain Standard for Government Agencies

Currently, there is no uniform web domain for government entities. Whether it’s gov, com, or net, they lack standardization. Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin aims to change that with Assembly Bill 1637, which proposes that all California agencies must maintain or change their domain to “.gov” or “.ca.gov” no later than Jan. 1, 2026.

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