Little Hoover Commission Public Hearings on AI

Published On: May 20, 2024

On Thursday, May 23, the Little Hoover Commission will hold a public hearing on artificial intelligence and state government at 10 a.m. The event will be held in Silicon Valley at the Filoli Historic House and Garden in Woodside and accessible via Zoom, according to a press release from the Commission.

The hearing is the first in a series to present 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 will testify, including Amy Tong, Secretary of the California Government Operations Agency; Ed Abbo, President and Chief Technology Officer at C3.ai; Shane Witnov, Privacy and Policy Director at Meta; and Paige Bailey, Google’s GenAI Developer Relations Lead. 

An additional hearing is planned for June 27 in Sacramento to evaluate AI’s impact on vulnerable populations and food insecurity.

The Commission, an independent body dedicated to promoting efficiency in state government, regularly conducts meetings across California to consider improvements and the reorganization of government agencies.

Numerous bills are pending at the State Capitol considering new regulations and government oversight of artificial intelligence in state government, including Senate Bill 893 by Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego), which proposes to establish the California Artificial Intelligence Research Hub (hub) in the Government Operations Agency and Senate Bill 1047 by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) titled the Safe and Secure Innovation for Frontier Artificial Intelligence Models Act. 

To attend the hearing, see ticket information on Eventbrite.

Editorial Note: This article was updated to include the video recording after the event. 

About the Author: Will Keys

Will Keys writes about technology issues for the GovReport. He is a graduate of the Reynolds School of Journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno. He can be reached at will at govreport.org