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SB-730 Commission on Tech Equity.(2019-2020)

 The Legislature finds and declares all of the following:
(a) California has the fifth largest economy in the world and leads the country in innovation and diversity.
(b) California is committed to developing a plan to become the most competitive, durable, equitable, and sustainable economy in the world, where technology innovation shall strengthen, not erode, the middle class.
(c) Technology, when put to work for the benefit of human society, has fueled progress throughout history, unlocking the growth of high-quality goods and services coupled with overall price reductions, dramatic reductions in poverty, disease, and famine, as well as leaps in science and the arts.
(d) Recent innovations in technology, including automation and artificial intelligence, are driven in substantial part by data collected from and about Californians, but the value of the data and the social impacts of such innovations are underexamined.
(e) Technological innovation and, relatedly, evolving practices in the collection and use of consumer data present both significant opportunities to mitigate, and threats to exacerbate, wealth inequity in California.
(f) The Commission on Tech Equity is necessary to prepare California residents to ensure advancements in technology serve the construction of a durable middle class and sustainable economy.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 3.7 (commencing with Section 8299) is added to Division 1 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:

CHAPTER  3.7. Commission on Tech Equity
 This chapter shall be known as the Commission on Tech Equity.
 (a) There is established in state government the Commission on Tech Equity. The commission shall consist of seven appointed and two ex-officio members in accordance with subdivision (c) and shall conduct its business in accordance with this chapter.
(b) Members of the commission shall be individuals with knowledge of, and expertise in, data science, economics, civil rights, technology, or privacy, or both technology and privacy whether by experience or training.
(c) Commission membership shall consist of the following:
(1) Five members appointed by the Governor, including at least one representative each from academia, a consumer rights organization, a privacy or civil rights organization, a company that sells consumer data, and a company that builds products using consumer data.
(2) One member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(3) One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(4) The Director of the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development and the Director of Finance shall serve as ex officio members of the commission.
 The Commission on Tech Equity shall do both of the following:
(a) Develop recommendations on a policy framework to manage the development, deployment, regulation, taxation, and fair distribution of innovation and technology that does both of the following:
(1) Accounts for the costs and benefits of technology and data innovation to workers, consumers, democratic institutions, public health, small businesses, economic growth, and other core elements of California’s public interest.
(2) Proposes tools that would provide a pathway for data and technology companies to take an equity stake in the future of California.
(b) (1) Submit its recommendations to the Legislature and to the Governor no later than January 1, 2021, and annually on or before January 1, thereafter.
(2) The report to be submitted to the Legislature pursuant to this subdivision shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795.
 The commission shall be advisory only, and there shall be no right or obligation on the part of the state, or the parties meeting and conferring, to implement the findings of the commission without further legislation that specifically authorizes that the evaluations, determinations, and findings of the commission be implemented.
 This chapter shall remain in effect only until January 1, 2025, and as of that date is repealed.