House Approves Legislation to Protect Against Digitized Deception
Rep. Neil Hays, R-Checotah, secured passage of a bill designed to prevent the unauthorized sharing of digitized depictions of individuals. House Bill 3073 would criminalize publishing or distributing digitized representations of someone else's name, image, voice, or likeness without their written consent and with the intent to harm. "This bill aims to prevent the misuse of artificial intelligence as a weapon against individuals," Hays said. "Our goal is not to control AI, but rather to create a responsible environment for its development and utilization by adapting to technological advancements and establishing regulatory frameworks." As an example, Hays cited the case of Lainey Wilson being targeted by deep fakes produced by artificial intelligence. Wilson revealed in her testimony to Congress that an AI-generated likeness of herself was used to promote weight loss products despite never endorsing them. The measure introduces misdemeanor and felony charges for sharing and publishing specific digitized content. A first offense is a misdemeanor, while a second offense becomes a felony, punishable by at least one year in jail and a $5,000 fine. Failure to disclose that an image is digitized will result in a misdemeanor. HB3073 passed the House 81-15.