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Apr 22, 2024
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Data Retention Practices Modernization Signed into Law

Legislation aimed at modernizing data retention practices across Oklahoma has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt.  House Bill 3643, authored by Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa, increases government efficiency by clarifying that records not regulated by the Records Management Act may be destroyed without the approval of the State Records Administrator.  "The signing of House Bill 3643 reaffirms Oklahoma's commitment to embracing innovation in government operations," Boatman said. "These changes are aligned with the best practices of today, ensuring that Oklahoma remains at the forefront of information management. I appreciate the support of the Governor and my colleagues in the Legislature as we work together to make Oklahoma government as efficient as possible."  “As Governor, I want to support any legislation that modernizes government and saves taxpayer dollars, which is why I proudly signed HB 3643,” Stitt said. “I’m grateful to Representative Boatman and Senator Jech for sending this bill to my desk.”  HB3643 was carried in the Senate by Sen. Darcy Jech, R-Kingfisher.  “These improvements to our state recordkeeping systems will maximize efficiency and increase security by prioritizing essential records and ensuring those are stored properly," Jech said. "In addition, this legislation will eliminate the need to store non-essential files as it’s not practical or cost-effective. I appreciate my legislative colleagues for their support of this measure, as well as the governor for signing this into law, marking a significant step towards modernizing our government operations and better serving the needs of Oklahomans." Additionally, the bill also addresses the storage location of certain documents. HB3643 takes effect Nov. 1.

Feb 20, 2024
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House Committee Passes Numerous AI Regulation Bills

The Oklahoma House Government Modernization and Technology Committee passed numerous artificial intelligence (AI) regulation bills on Tuesday.  House Bill 3453, authored by Rep. Jeff Boatman, R-Tulsa, would establish the Oklahoma Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights, which defines "artificial intelligence" and "real person." The bill also outlines eight ways Oklahomans are entitled to information about the use of AI, such as the right to know when they're interacting with an AI engine rather than a real person and the right to opt out of their data being used in an AI model.  "In the age of AI, transparency is paramount," said Boatman, who chairs the committee. "The Oklahoma Artificial Intelligence Bill of Rights empowers Oklahomans and ensures citizens have the right to understand AI interactions and protect their privacy and data."  House Bill 3577, authored by Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, establishes the Artificial Intelligence Utilization Review Act. The measure would require healthcare insurance companies to disclose any use of artificial intelligence-based algorithms in their utilization review process to healthcare providers, covered persons and the general public. The disclosure must be made on the insurer's website, and the company is required to submit the algorithms and training data sets to the Oklahoma Insurance Department. Additionally, specialists participating in utilization reviews using AI algorithms must document individual clinical records before making denial decisions.  "AI is still new and it's no doubt still flawed to some degree," Pae said. "By mandating disclosure and documentation, we can better safeguard against potential biases within AI systems in healthcare decisions."  In October, Pae and Rep. Arturo Alonso-Sandoval, D-Oklahoma City, led an interim study on the ethical, legal and societal implications of AI implementation, including privacy, bias and algorithmic transparency.  During Tuesday's meeting, Alonso-Sandoval passed legislation prohibiting the use of deepfakes during elections. House Bill 3825 prohibits the dissemination of deceptive deepfake media within 90 days of an election, except when a clear disclosure is provided. The measure provides definitions of synthetic media and deceptive and fraudulent deepfake. Violators may face penalties, but exceptions exist for news broadcasts, publications and satire. Alonso-Sandoval also passed House Bill 3828, which requires the Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) and the Administrative Office of the Courts to inventory all systems that use AI by Dec. 31, 2024 and each following year. State agencies that do not use OMES must inventory their own systems and post the inventory list on their website. The bill also would require assessments of agencies' AI systems to ensure the systems do not discriminate. "Artificial Intelligence has become an integral part of our day-to-day lives, touching everything from our personal routines to our statewide systems," Alonso-Sandoval said. "Recognizing the advantages and acknowledging the challenges that AI presents, I remain committed to bipartisan collaboration to position Oklahoma as a leader in this field. Our state has made great strides in integrating AI responsibly, always with the welfare of our citizens as the guiding principle. HB3828 and HB3825 reflect our dedication to transparency in AI adoption, granting Oklahomans the clear right to know when they are interacting with AI-driven platforms or viewing AI-generated content while also ensuring they are properly vetted for potential bias and discrimination." All four bills passed the committee unanimously and are now available to be considered on the House floor. Earlier this month, the House Judiciary – Criminal Committee approved House Bill 3073 by Rep. Neil Hays, R-Checotah, which criminalizes publishing or distributing digitized representations of another individual's name, image, voice or likeness without their written consent and with the intent to harm. HB3073 is also eligible to be heard on the House floor.

Oct 9, 2023
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Alonso-Sandoval, Pae Organize Study on Artificial Intelligence

A bipartisan study on the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI) will be held at the Oklahoma House of Representatives on Tuesday, October 10. Reps. Arturo Alonso-Sandoval, D-Oklahoma City, and Daniel Pae, R-Lawton, will lead the study, which will explore the potential impact of AI on Oklahoma's economy, job market and workforce development. The study will also evaluate the ethical, legal and societal implications of AI implementation, including privacy, bias and algorithmic transparency. "Moore's Law underscores the exponential pace of technological advancement, a phenomenon that poses challenges for us, particularly in the realm of public policy," said Alonso-Sandoval. "In light of the recent proliferation of AI technologies to the general public, it becomes imperative to grasp how this multifaceted technology, spanning areas such as generative AI and facial recognition, will reshape our communities' interactions with the world. These developments present an array of opportunities and challenges. "I'm enthusiastic about adopting a bipartisan approach to address this issue, collaborating with Representative Daniel Pae. Together, we aim to gain a comprehensive understanding of how we can navigate the AI landscape, positioning Oklahoma at the forefront of this technological revolution while ensuring equitable progress for all." "AI is going to be one of the most important policy issues we address as lawmakers in the 21st century," said Pae. "This technology is going to profoundly change how we live, so we need to be proactive in terms of what parameters are placed around it. I’m excited to work with my friend Rep. Arturo Alonso-Sandoval and collaborate in a bipartisan manner to develop long-term sustainable ideas." Speakers include: Madeline Mitchell, advisory senior manager of AI at Deloitte, who will explain generative AI and how to operationalize AI responsibly; Ken Parker, co-founder and CEO at NextThought, who will discuss the potential benefits and concerns of AI; Robin Roberson, senior vice president and head of platform partnerships at Eberl Claims Services; Scott Klosoky, partner at Future Point of View (FPOV); and Josh Snavely, cybersecurity/privacy, risk and security attorney at McAfee & Taft, who will all speak to the practical applications of AI and how it could be utilized by society; Dr. Rose Shao, a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, will explore different applications of AI technologies in healthcare settings; and Pennsylvania State Rep. Tarik Khan of House District 194, a family nurse practitioner who coauthored legislation to regulate the use of AI algorithms in health insurance claims processes. The study is slated for 1:30 p.m. and will be held before the House Government Modernization and Technology Committee, as well as live-streamed on the House website.

Committee Members



Jeff Boatman


District 67

Vice Chair

Eric Roberts


District 83

Arturo Alonso Sandoval


District 89

Chris Banning


District 24

Nicole Miller


District 82

Jim Olsen


District 2

Daniel Pae


District 62

Melissa Provenzano


District 79

Tammy Townley


District 48

Danny Williams


District 28

House Staff Assigned

Quyen Do

Deputy Research Director

Ryan Bair

Deputy Chief Counsel

Marshall Jones

Staff Attorney II

Zach Penrod

Fiscal Policy Analyst

Autumn Mathews

Research Analyst