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Tracking California’s Laundry List of IT Bills (Continued)

From new contracting requirements around Internet service providers to cybersecurity metrics, this session has seen a lot of IT-related bills. Have any survived the journey thus far? Yes. Yes, they have.

Yesterday we provided an update on a handful of tech-centric bills moving through the state Legislature, but couldn’t get to all of them. Here are the stragglers we missed and where they stand right now:

Assembly Bill 2930: Automated Decision Tools — Introduced by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, D-District 16, this bill would place limitations on the use of automated decision-making tools and would require technology developers to perform impact assessments before Jan. 1, 2026. It would also mandate that a user or developer provide that assessment to the Civil Rights Department within seven days of a request and would require users of automated decision-making technology to notify people who might be affected before the technology is used. It would prohibit algorithmic discrimination, with civil penalties of up to $25,000 per violation.

This bill had a hearing Wednesday and was placed in the Assembly Committee on Appropriations’ suspense file.

Assembly Bill 2777: California Cybersecurity Maturity MetricThis bill, from Assemblymember Lisa Calderon, D-District 56, would require CDT to “make changes to the California Cybersecurity Maturity Metric, including the Maturity Metric Score criteria, to accomplish specified goals, including to achieve a score for all state agencies every three years.” The goals, the legislation notes, would be based on the two most recent security assessments “performed by, or at the direction of, the Office of Information Security.”

This bill was referred to the Assembly Committee on Appropriations and placed in the suspense file for future action.

Senate Bill 1047: Safe and Secure Innovation for Frontier Artificial Intelligence Systems ActThis bill — introduced by Sen. Scott Wiener, D-District 11 — would mandate CDT “identify, assess and prioritize high-risk, critical information technology services and systems across state government” through the “Frontier Model Division.” It would also mandate that technology developers be able to “reasonably exclude the possibility that the covered model has a hazardous capability, as well as requiring a ‘full shutdown’ capability until a positive safety determination could be made.” Violation of these provisions would face civil action to be recovered by the attorney general. The bill would also mandate that CDT commission consultants to create CalCompute, a “public cloud computing cluster” for “conducting research into the safe and secure deployment of large-scale artificial intelligence models.”

This bill had a hearing Monday with the Senate Appropriations Committee and was referred to the suspense file for future action.

Senate Bill 1179: Contracting Requirements for State Agencies and Internet Service Providers — This bill, introduced by Sen. Maria Elena Durazo, D-District 26, would have required the California Department of Technology (CDT), Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to create a “net equality program.” It would also have mandated that the state enter into procurement contracts only with Internet service providers that offer affordable Internet service — defined as service that costs no more than $30 a month.

This bill was canceled April 9 at the request of Durazo.
Eyragon is the Managing Editor for Industry Insider — California. He previously served as the Daily News Editor for Government Technology. He lives in Sacramento, Calif.