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AB-976 Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission.(2019-2020)

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Date Published: 02/21/2019 09:00 PM
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CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill No. 976


Introduced by Assembly Members Chau, Kiley, and Obernolte

February 21, 2019


An act to add Chapter 8.3 (commencing with Section 11820.10) to Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, relating to state government.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 976, as introduced, Chau. Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission.
Existing law establishes, within the Government Operations Agency, the Department of Technology under the supervision of the Director of Technology, who also serves as the State Chief Information Officer. The department is generally responsible for the approval and oversight of information technology projects by, among other things, consulting with state agencies during initial project planning to ensure that project proposals are based on well-defined programmatic needs.
This bill would establish in state government the Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission comprised of 8 members, as specified, and would require the advisory commission to convene a public process to gather input on how artificial intelligence and data science could be used to improve state services. This bill would require the commission to propose a plan for soliciting artificial intelligence and data science related demonstration projects for critical state services and incorporating successful artificial intelligence and data science related demonstration projects into existing state government services. The bill would require the commission to submit its recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor by November 1, 2020. The bill would make related findings and declarations.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 The Legislature finds and declares the following:
(a) As the fifth largest economy in the world, California has the opportunity to marshal its public and private resources to immediately begin addressing the implications of artificial intelligence. California also has the opportunity to begin taking advantage of artificial intelligence to enhance services to Californians and become the world leader in adopting thoughtful policies to ensure artificial intelligence positively impacts the state’s economy and all of its constituents.
(b) Artificial intelligence technology and applications may soon become immersed in every major area of our work and personal lives: transportation, communications, finance, health care services, emergency response services, education, community planning, criminal justice, and entertainment.
(c) Rapid progress in the field of artificial intelligence will likely penetrate and redefine the nature of work and the workplace and bring about profound changes for the way private industry and government operates.
(d) Artificial intelligence can offer significant quality of life improvements, but the risks and benefits of this technology may not be evenly distributed across society.
(e) Countries around the globe and even states and cities in the United States are taking early steps to understand and use artificial intelligence technology and applications. California has not kept pace with these efforts to address the implications of artificial intelligence and can learn from and expand upon their recent advances.
(f) California lacks the infrastructure within state government to plan how best to take advantage of new technologies to drive economic, social, and environmental good and improve the delivery of government services, while minimizing risks associated with artificial intelligence.
(g) Therefore, it is the intent of the Legislature to ensure that California begins preparing to harness the power of artificial intelligence in ways that will improve the economy, public health and safety, jobs, and the environment.

SEC. 2.

 Chapter 8.3 (commencing with Section 11820.10) is added to Part 1 of Division 3 of Title 2 of the Government Code, to read:
CHAPTER  8.3. Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission

11820.10.
 This chapter shall be known, and may be cited, as the Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission Act.

11820.15.
 (a) There is established in state government the Artificial Intelligence in State Government Services Commission. The commission shall be comprised of eight members appointed 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, the field of artificial intelligence from private industry, governments, nonprofit organizations, unions, and academia.
(c) Commission membership shall consist of the following members:
(1) Four members appointed by the Governor, including at least one representative from organized labor and one from the private sector.
(2) One member appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules.
(3) One member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly.
(4) The Director of Technology and the Director of Finance shall serve as ex officio members of the commission.
(d) The commission shall be chaired by an appointee of the Governor.
(e) Each commission member shall serve without compensation. Actual and necessary travel expenses for each commission member while on official business of the commission shall be reimbursed.

11820.20.
 The commission shall do all of the following:
(a) Convene a public process to gather input on how artificial intelligence and data science could be used to improve state services.
(b) Propose a plan for all of the following:
(1) Soliciting artificial intelligence and data science related demonstration projects for critical state services.
(2) Incorporating successful artificial intelligence and data science related demonstration projects into existing state government services.
(c) Submit its recommendations in accordance with Section 9795 of the Government Code to the Legislature and the Governor by November 1, 2020.

11820.25.
 The commission shall be advisory only, and there shall be no authority or duty 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 or requires that the evaluations, determinations, and findings of the commission be implemented.