Bill to Create Interagency AI Working Group Passes Senate

Published On: May 26, 2023

Senate Bill 721 by Senator Josh Becker (D-Menlo Park) proposing to create the California Interagency AI Working Group passed the Senate this week (5/25) on a 38-0 vote and now heads to the Assembly to continue through the legislative process.

“The bill gives us an opportunity to look at the impact of AI holistically and suggest guardrails to protect against misuse and manipulation for both state agencies and the general public,” according to language from the author.  “It is important that we continue to invest in innovation and new technology, but we need to ensure the path forward does not create undue harm.  The California Interagency AI Working Group will bring together some of the best minds in a broad swath of fields to anticipate issues and brainstorm paths forward as we head into the future of AI.”

The bill calls for the group to deliver a report to the Legislature, as prescribed, regarding artificial intelligence.

The bill would require each of its ten working group members with expertise in two of the following areas: computer science, the technology industry, workforce development, artificial intelligence, and data privacy.

The group would be chaired by the Director of the California Department of Technology (CDT), and the vice chair would be selected from among its members consisting of the following ten members: two appointees by the Governor; two appointees by the President Pro Tempore of the Senate; two appointees by the Speaker of the Assembly; two appointees by the Attorney General; one appointee by the California Privacy Protection Agency; and one appointee by the CDT.

The report delivered to Legislature must include a “recommendation of a definition of artificial intelligence as it pertains to its use in technology for use in legislation.”

Furthermore, the report must explore the implications of the positive usage of AI as it relates to performance when interacting with humans and to minimize unanticipated outcomes.

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