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Here’s how California’s state government plans to use, study AI


Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an executive order Wednesday recognizing the risks and potential benefits of emerging AI technology for the state government, and ordering a number of departments to outline how the tech tools might best be harnessed by the state.

The order requires the California Department of Technology and other agencies to study how generative artificial intelligence might be used by state workers and to eventually create training for how they might use it, while also creating guidelines for protecting vulnerable communities from its potential harms.

World’s AI Capital, San Francisco, Slow To Adopt AI

The San Francisco Chronicle, Mike Ege

Mayor London Breed has called San Francisco “the artificial intelligence capital of the world,” and she’s not wrong: Companies like OpenAI, Scale AI and Anthropic have created a scene for the technology in the city that is far ahead of any other locale in attracting capital and talent. 

As Congress grapples with AI regulation, will California step up?


SACRAMENTO — Much of the debate about whether the government should regulate artificial intelligence has centered on Congress, where top AI voices have testified in highly publicized hearings.

But with a gridlocked Congress, some lawmakers and tech experts see the much more agile California Legislature as a key player in the debate. Gov. Gavin Newsom told The Chronicle he’s also starting to focus on the issue.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan’s Bill to Protect Data Revealing Abortion Care Passes Final Policy Committee

AB 352 prevents automatic sharing of health information related to abortion through medical records.

Sacramento, CA – Yesterday, AB 352 authored by Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan has passed the its final policy committee, Senate Health with a vote of 10 to 0. AB 352 is a precedent-setting measure to protect information about abortion from being automatically shared between states via health information exchanges.

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan Joins Governor Newsom and Speaker Rivas for Signing of Infrastructure Package

Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, spoke at the signing ceremony for the Governor’s package of legislation that streamlines needed projects while protecting the environment.

Sacramento, CA – Today, Assemblymember Bauer-Kahan, Chair of the Assembly Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, joined the Governor, Assembly Speaker Rivas, Senate Pro-Tem Toni Atkins, Senate Budget Chair Nancy Skinner, and a cohort of legislative leaders for the signature of the Governor’s package of legislation that streamlines needed projects while protectin

AB 331: A lesson for future regulation of automated decision tools


Artificial intelligence is reshaping the workforce, largely by shifting decision making processes into the hands of automated decision tools. The impact of this transformation has understandably drawn calls for robust regulation of the use of AI, but to date there is little to no government oversight on the development and deployment of automated decision tools.

But not for a lack of effort.

These Bay Area lawmakers oppose raising bridge toll fees to bail out BART, transit. Here’s why


Several Bay Area lawmakers say they don’t support a bill that would temporarily raise tolls on seven state-owned bridges to give BART and other transit agencies more money to avoid service cuts.

That’s the main aim of Senate Bill 532 by San Francisco state Sen. Scott Wiener, unveiled June 23. The proposal, if passed by two-thirds of the Legislature and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, would increase bridge tolls by $1.50 — resulting in $9.50 tolls through 2028 — to raise $900 million for regional transit agencies struggling to recover riders after the pandemic.