This Week In Tech Policy
Action Taken on Legislation in the 2019 Legislative Session
- Since last week, the Colorado General Assembly has taken action on tech-related legislation listed below. Throughout the legislative session you can see what bills CTA is monitoring through our CTA Legislative Tracker in the Member Only Content area accessed through your member portal.
- Recent Action
- SB 169: Project Management Competencies for Certain Contracts
- Passed out of the Senate Business, Labor and Technology Committee
- SB 176: Expanding Concurrent Enrollment Opportunities
- Passed out of the Senate Education Committee on 4/3
- Bill Would Create Cybersecurity Grant Program for State and Local Governments
U.S. Sens. Cory Gardner and Mark Warner introduced legislation Monday that would authorize the Department of Homeland Security to give state and local governments grants to purchase additional cybersecurity resources and hire more information-security personnel.
- GAO Creates Plan for Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics Team
The struggle by some lawmakers to ask coherent questions of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his marathon Hill appearance last year intensified longstanding grumbles that lawmakers need access to top-notch technical advice, whether through a revived Office of Technology Assessment (the congressional tech guru office killed off in the '90s) or the Government Accountability Office. Now GAO's out with a detailed plan to do exactly that via what it's calling the Science, Technology Assessment, and Analytics Team.
- U.K. Unveils Sweeping Plan to Rein in Big Tech
A new plan for regulations released by the U.K. government Monday puts legal responsibility on tech companies for any harmful or unlawful content that appears on their properties. This means tech giants can face big fines if they don't remove things like terrorist videos or hate speech in a timely fashion. If passed, the proposed laws would force tech companies to operate with much more rigor when policing content on their properties. While the law only extends to the treatment of content within the U.K., it could have major implications for how tech companies operate and are regulated globally.