InsiderAdvantage: New House Subcommittee will Look at Policies Regarding Artificial Intelligence

Cindy Morley

Friday, June 9th, 2023

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A national call for guardrails on Artificial Intelligence systems has intensified in recent months – with some experts warning that it could represent a profound change and should be planned for and managed with commensurate care and resources. Georgia lawmakers have already begun taking those steps.

Monday, State Rep. Brad Thomas (R-Woodstock) was appointed to serve as the chairman of a newly created Subcommittee on Artificial Intelligence (AI). The appointment was made by House Technology and Infrastructure Innovation Committee Chairman Todd Jones (R-South Forsyth)

“AI is rapidly transforming the way we live and work, but this potential to drive innovation and economic growth is matched by concerns around job displacement and privacy risks,” said Jones. “As such, it’s critical that we examine our state policy regarding AI to ensure they protect our citizens and support its development responsibly. By doing so, we can help ensure that AI benefits our state as a whole and that we harness its full potential in a way that is safe.”

The subcommittee will examine the risks and benefits associated with AI and vet legislative initiatives based on any findings. Thomas said subcommittee members will meet with area experts and stakeholders to determine if and how AI can be better regulated to protect Georgians, while also supporting job-producing companies that utilize this technology.

“I want to thank Chairman Jones for ushering in an opportunity to examine how our state policy addresses artificial intelligence,” said Thomas. “AI has become an increasingly important technology in our society with the potential to revolutionize industries and transform the way we live, work and even play here in Georgia. As with any emerging technology, we must examine the challenges posed as this technology continues to advance.”

Also serving on the subcommittee are: State Representatives Clint Crowe (R-Jackson), Matt Dubnik (R-Gainesville), Ginny Earhart (R-Marietta), Rick Jasperse (R-Jasper), Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia), Brian Prince (D-Augusta) and Steven Sainz (R-St. Marys).

Established by House Speaker Jon Burns (R-Newington) earlier this year, the House Technology & Infrastructure Innovation Committee works on issues involving new and emerging technologies and their implications for Georgia’s economy. This is the second subcommittee to come out of the full committee – the first will focus on cyber security. As home to more than 115 companies like Dell, IBM and VMware, Georgia has become a leading center for network and cyber security. Reports indicate that, as a whole, the industry generates nearly $5 billion in annual revenue for Georgia.