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Saturday, November 3, 2018  
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MISAC Legislative Committee Helps MISAC Stay Pre-Active


The MISAC Legislative Committee has been hard at work this year serving as an important resource to help MISAC members stay informed of significant information technology-related legislation. In 2017/18, approximately 59 percent of legislative bills submitted were information technology-related.


“The Legislative Committee is helping MISAC stay pre-active when it comes to legislative activity meaning that we are predictive as well as proactive. Whether we are watching, supporting or opposing, it is necessary for our organization to be aware of and take necessary action on bills related to technology,” said Hong Sae, Legislative Committee Chair and City of Roseville CIO.


This year, the Committee selected five legislative technology bills on which to focus: SB 1186 (Law Enforcement Agency Surveillance Policies), AB 1999 (Local Government Public Broadband Services), AB 2225 (Local Agencies Data Protection Standards and State Government Storing/Recording Electronic Media on Cloud), SB 822 (California Net Neutrality Law) and AB 375 (California Consumer Privacy Act 2018). The Committee actively worked with the sponsors of each bill to educate, draft language and suggest amendments.


“Of all the bills we analyzed at the beginning of the year, these were the top bills we found would have the most impact and would require the most attention,” added Sae. “We use multiple softwares to review bills and receive weekly updates that track the impact of each bill. We are constantly narrowing our list until we determine which bills will need the most focus and advocacy.”


AB 1999, AB 2225, SB822 and AB 275, all supported by MISAC, were successfully adopted. SB 1186, opposed by MISAC, failed to pass in the Appropriations Committee.


“IT professionals need to know what is coming to avoid risk. We need to take legislative bills and be proactive and tell our executives what is coming so they know what is impacting them and are ready to take action,” added Sae.


The MISAC Legislative Committee will continue to take action on legislative bills. For the 2019/2020 year, the legislative committee is gearing up for changes in governor and expects to see more technology bills related to smart communities, drones, autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence and more.


The 2018 MISAC Legislative Committee is led by Hong Sae and is made up of several members across the Northern, Central and Southern MISAC Chapters:


      Bryon Horn, City of Fresno Chief Information Office

      Greg Park, City of Livermore IT Coordinator

      Helen Hall, City of Fullerton IT Manager

      Jeff Lewis, City of Concord IT Director

      Mike Miazga, El Toro Water District IT Manager

      Tim Ranstrom, El Dorado Irrigation District IT Director

      Tom Pelster, City of Roseville Assistant IT Director


Interested in joining the MISAC Legislative Committee? Contact Hong Sae at for more information. The Committee meets virtually every month.

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