State Senate to Hold Hearing on AI in California Government

Published On: January 31, 2024

A joint informational hearing by the Senate Government Organization Committee and Senate Budget Subcommittee #4 on Administration will be held on Feb. 21 to focus on artificial intelligence in California state government, a committee staff person confirmed. 

Titled California at the Forefront: Steering AI Towards Ethical Horizons, the informational hearing will focus on artificial intelligence in state government, including Gov. Newsom’s executive order issued last fall to evaluate the risks and opportunities associated with AI related emerging technologies.  Speakers have not yet been named but may include leaders in state government, academia, and the technology industry. 

Senators Bill Dodd (D-Napa) and Senator Steve Padilla (D-San Diego), who chair the respective committees, have introduced proposals to regulate artificial intelligence, including SB 896 (Dodd) that “help identify the risks of these emerging systems and develop appropriate guidelines to protect our state and the public,”  SB 892 (Padilla) which would require the Department of Technology (CDT) to establish safety, privacy, and nondiscrimination standards relating to AI services,  and SB 893 that would establish the California Artificial Intelligence Research Hub within the Government Operations Agency.

The hearing will be held on February 21st at 9:30 am in Room 1200 at 1021 O Street in Sacramento, 



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