The State of State AI Laws

Audio of this conversation is available via your favorite podcast service. Lots of voices are calling for the regulation of artificial intelligence. In the US, at present it seems there is no federal legislation close to becoming law. But in 2023 legislative sessions in states across the country, there has been a surge in AI laws proposed and passed, and some have already taken effect. To learn more about this wave of legislation, I spoke to two people who just posted a comprehensive review of AI laws in US states: Katrina Zhu, a law clerk at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) and a law student at the UCLA School of Law, and EPIC senior counsel Ben Winters. What follows is a lightly edited transcript of the discussion. Justin Hendrix: I’m so pleased the two of you could join me today to talk about this report you’ve just posted on the EPIC website, The State of State AI Laws 2023. Another of these occasional roundups of legislative activity that EPIC does. These are always great, and I think one that is incredibly pertinent at the moment, looking at artificial intelligence and legislation that might govern it in different ways. How long did this take to do? You’ve collected a bunch of stuff here. Katrina Zhu: So, Ben gave me this assignment at the beginning of the summer around May, and it took me all summer to track down some laws. I did a lot of research in May and June,…The State of State AI Laws