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Newsom Signs Cybersecurity, Data Bills

With less than a week before the deadline, Gov. Gavin Newsom is signing and vetoing — but mostly signing — hundreds of proposed laws that elected state senators and Assembly members have approved and sent to his desk.

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Facing down a looming deadline, California’s governor is signing and vetoing legislation apace, including several new laws of interest to public- and private-sector technologists.

Per state legislative deadlines, Gov. Gavin Newsom has through Saturday to sign or veto bills that lawmakers have passed out of the statehouse and sent to his desk. CalMatters reports that last year, Newsom signed 997 bills and vetoed 169 bills. Stay tuned because there’s more to come — but here are several noteworthy laws that have already made the cut:

  • AB 1023, from Assemblymember Diane Papan, D-San Mateo, enlarges the mission and membership of the California Cybersecurity Integration Center (Cal-CSIC) around education. Cal-CSIC has included representatives from the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, including the State Threat Assessment Center, from the California Department of Technology, the California Highway Patrol, the California Military Department, the Office of the Attorney General and the California Health and Human Services Agency, plus state, federal and private-sector stakeholders. This bill requires Cal-CSIC to include representatives from the California Department of Education and to “explicitly include” school districts, county offices of education and charter schools in its coordinated information sharing, which includes information on cyber threats.
  • AB 744, from Assemblymember Juan Carrillo, D-Palmdale, enlists the California Transportation Commission’s (CTC) help in bringing data, modeling and analytic software to bear on transportation management. The bill requires the CTC to bring together appropriate state agencies to “assess the procurement and implementation of data, modeling, and analytic software tools to support the state’s sustainable transportation, congestion management, affordable housing, efficient land use, air quality, economic, and climate change strategies and goals.” The commission is required by July 1, 2025, to come up with a proposal to procure data, modeling, and analytic software tools; and a process to grant access to the data the commission procures directly, or to provide a process for direct allocation of funding to agencies for data procurement — or both.
  • AB 947, from Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, D-Encino, refines how the 2018 California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) regards immigration and citizenship. The CCPA granted consumers rights with regard to how their “sensitive personal information” is used when it’s collected by a business. This bill defines sensitive personal information “for purposes of the CCPA to additionally include personal information that reveals a consumer’s citizenship or immigration status.”
  • AB 1637, from Assemblymember Jacqui Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks, could change how you interact online with your city or county. The bill gives local agencies, a.k.a. cities and counties — or consolidated city-counties like San Francisco — until Jan. 1, 2029, to ensure their websites have a “‘.gov’ top-level domain or a ‘’ second-level domain.” Those that don’t comply would have to redirect their websites to a domain name with either of those domains. Those same local agencies would also have to ensure employee email addresses end in “.gov” or “”
Theo Douglas is Assistant Managing Editor of Industry Insider — California.