Software industry preps for ‘wave’ of AI legislation in states

Lawmakers are studying up on AI and, in some cases, already drafting bills for 2024 sessions.
The Connecticut legislature, seen here during Gov. Ned Lamont’s (D) State of the State speech on Jan. 4, 2023. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

The global software industry is preparing for a dramatic uptick in state-level legislation to regulate artificial intelligence, as state lawmakers respond to the rapidly proliferating technology.

That trend is already underway. There were 191 AI-related bills introduced in 31 states this year, a 440% increase over 2022, according to a new analysis by the Software Alliance, also known as BSA, a trade group for the industry.

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