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California senator files bill prohibiting agencies from working with unethical AI companies

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A second California state senator has introduced bills meant to regulate AI systems, particularly those used by state agencies.

Senator Steve Padilla, a Democrat, introduced Senate Bills 892 and 893, establishing a public AI resource and creating a “safe and ethical framework” around AI for the state. Senate Bill 892 will require California’s Department of Technology to develop safety, privacy, and non-discrimination standards around services using AI. It also prohibits the state of California from contracting any AI services “unless the provider of the services meets the established standards.”

The other bill, SB 893, would establish a California AI research hub that would provide access to compute resources and data for academics.

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