Calif. lawmakers advance AI regulations despite Newsom’s innovation concerns

The governor says he doesn’t want to ‘put ourselves in a perilous position.’
California Sen. Scott Wiener (D) speaks about student housing during a news conference at San Francisco State University in San Francisco, Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Janie Har, File)

California lawmakers are considering more than a dozen bills to regulate artificial intelligence, despite Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) wariness of guardrails that could stifle innovation.

At least 17 AI-related proposals are still in play after being passed by either the Assembly or the Senate before a key cutoff deadline last month, according to tracking by government affairs firm MultiState. The legislation is undergoing a second round of scrutiny in the opposite house, as a July 3 deadline looms for policy committees to finish their work for the year.

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