Legislature Adopts Sen. Dodd’s Groundbreaking AI Resolution

Monday, August 14, 2023

SACRAMENTO – The California Legislature today adopted the nation’s first artificial intelligence-drafted resolution – a measure expressing the state’s commitment to examining and implementing specified principles related to the use of AI.

“This is significant step toward ensuring California is at the forefront of responsible AI deployment and use,” Sen. Dodd said. “The principles outlined here will help protect the rights of the public while leveraging the benefits of AI. I appreciate the bipartisan support of my colleagues.”

Senate Concurrent Resolution 17 highlights the significant challenges posed by the use of technology, data, and automated systems, including incidents of unsafe, ineffective, or biased systems and unchecked data collection that threatens privacy and opportunities. At the same time, the resolution recognizes the potential benefits of AI, including increased efficiency in agriculture and data analysis that could revolutionize industries.

The resolution affirms the state's commitment to President Biden's vision for safe AI and the principles outlined in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s “Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights.” The five principles -- Safe and Effective Systems; Algorithmic Discrimination Protections; Data Privacy; Notice and Explanation; and Human Alternatives, Consideration and Fallback -- will guide the design, use, and deployment of automated systems in California.

SCR 17 was approved Monday in the Assembly with a unanimous voice vote after being previously approved by the full Senate. It does not require the governor’s signature.


Senator Bill Dodd represents the 3rd Senate District, which includes all or portions of Napa, Yolo, Sonoma, Solano, Sacramento and Contra Costa counties. More information on Senator Bill Dodd can be found at www.senate.ca.gov/dodd.