Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council Appointed to Study Use of AI in State Government

February 26, 2024
DIR News
Technology Topic
AUSTIN-- The Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council will begin studying the use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems in state government, following the recent appointments of councilmembers made by the Texas Governor, Lt. Governor, and Speaker of the House.

House Bill 2060 (88R) created the council to study and monitor AI systems developed, employed, or procured by state agencies. In addition, the bill requires the council to assess the need for a code of ethics for AI systems in state government and recommend administrative actions state agencies may take without further legislative authorization. Representative Giovanni Capriglione and Senator Tan Parker authored the bill and will co-chair the council.  

The seven-member council includes State of Texas Chief Information Officer and Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) Executive Director Amanda Crawford. DIR will also provide administrative support to the council.  

“At a time when the use of AI is rapidly evolving, it’s imperative that we understand how this technology can benefit the public sector. However, we must also ensure we take necessary precautions and implement guardrails to leverage this technology responsibly,” Crawford said. “I am honored to participate in the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council, and I look forward to working with the other members to safely position Texas at the forefront of the AI landscape.”  

State agencies are required to complete an inventory report by July 1, 2024, that describes the automated decision systems being developed, employed, or procured by the agency. The council will review the inventories and include a summary of its findings as well as any policy recommendations in a report due to the Texas Legislature by December 1, 2024. 

For more information on the appointments to the council, see Governor Greg Abbott’s press release, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s press release, and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione’s press release.  

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