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Several bills with the potential to reshape state policy on personal data, information privacy, broadband and IT initiatives have survived the annual removal of a costly bill by a committee of the Assembly.
Five Assembly Democrats bill changing the way the state technology agency manages IT projects, perfecting the definition of digital health information, and creating a powerful data system last week, they approved the Appropriations Committee of the State Assembly, which examines the proposed laws with $ 50,000 or more. Voting is expected to take place next to the Assembly Hall, although no dates have been set yet. Among the takeaway meals:
- Assembly Bill 1323 from San Francisco Democrat David Chiu aims to make the state more “preventive in facing possible challenges” in computing, he told Techwire last month. The California Department of Technology (CDT) would be required to “identify, evaluate and prioritize efforts to modernize inherited information technology systems across the state government” and would require state entities to submit IT contracts to CDT before on May 1, 2022. to determine the types of uses that could be “candidates for statewide contracts for shared or commonly used services” and work with legislative staff and the office of legislative analysts in the evaluation of options to modernize the processes of approval and supervision of government IT projects. The goal, Chiu said, is not complete centralization, but “ensuring that our computer systems are modernized, centralized, fiscally responsible, and meet the needs of our citizens.”
“When the government’s IT infrastructure doesn’t work, it has very real impacts on everyday Californians. I am delighted that this bill, which begins the process of reforming and modernizing our IT offerings, is moving forward, ”Chiu told Techwire on Friday via email.
- AB 14, Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia of D-Coachella and Assemblyman Mark Stone of Monterey Bay amends and makes permanent a state program to expand broadband service, according to the assignment analysis. It would extend and modify the California Advanced Services Fund (CASF) by increasing the minimum speed of broadband infrastructure deployed by CASF. CASF funding would continue in perpetuity “with a surcharge not exceeding an unspecified percentage of an end-user’s intra-state telecommunications service costs”; and would change the eligibility of the project for “infrastructure capable of providing broadband access at minimum speeds of 25 megabits per second (Mbps) downstream and 25 Mbps upstream with a target of 100 Mbps downstream.” It would get the California Public Utilities Commission to prioritize “specific” broadband infrastructure grants for projects in underserved and high-poverty areas; authorize local education agencies to communicate to the California Department of Education the distance learning needs of students in computer science and the Internet; and require the Office of the Governor of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) to work with stakeholders on streamlining local land use approval and permission for the deployment of broadband infrastructure before of June 30th.
- AB 99, Assembly Member Jacqui Irwin of D-Thousand Oaks would codify the recommendations of the first legislative report of the California Cradle-to-Career Data System Group, detailing the first phase of implementation. launch of an integrated data system that linked “information at the student level” From early childhood to working age. According to the analysis of the allocations, the bill would create two advisory groups for the system. data from the California work base, the Data and Tools Advisory Committee, and the Community Participation Advisory Committee.It would be specified that the California Government Operations Agency would manage the system through a Cradle Office. to-Career and would appoint an 18-member governing board for the data system with broad representation at the state and public level.The bill would also specify that the data system would go through the process of approving and overseeing computer projects. cs of the state through CDT.
- AB 1252 of Assembly Member Ed Chau, D-Monterey Park, would effectively expand the definition of medical information in the Medical Information Confidentiality Act and therefore expand the definition of misconduct that may result from break it, according to the analysis of the assignments. The bill would define “personal health record information” as “individually identifiable information, in electronic or physical form, about the mental or physical condition of a person compiling an Internet business website, a online service or product, “and it would be specified that a company that” Provides personal health record software or hardware to a consumer, for the purpose of making an individual or healthcare provider available for information. ” , is considered a healthcare provider subject to the Medical Information Confidentiality Act. Because the bill would broaden the definition of crime, it would impose a local program required by the state.
- AB 825, of Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, would update the data breach notification law to include genetic information. Agencies that own or license “computerized data” would be required to disclose system security breaches to residents whose personal information is compromised. The bill specifies that personal information includes “genetic testing of an individual, genetic testing of an individual’s family members, or the manifestation of a disease or disorder in an individual’s family members” resulting from analysis of biological samples or analysis from another source.