Four Bills Authored by Senator Chang Clears Major Hurdles

Thursday, April 11, 2019

SACRAMENTO - Four bills authored by Senator Ling Ling Chang (R-Diamond Bar) have passed out of committee with unanimous approval. These bills support veterans, improve public safety, and promote good digital citizenship. “I’m pleased to receive bipartisan and unanimous approval,” said Senator Chang. “California is at the forefront of some of the biggest advancements in technology, but with those advancements comes risk of abuse by bad actors who seek to take advantage of others. I’m proud to author bills that support veterans and help Californians feel safe as technology continues to advance.”

Senate Bill 245 calls on animal shelters to waive pet adoption fees for military veterans. California is home to 2 million military veterans, including many who struggle to cope with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and could benefit from an animal companion. SB 245 has received support from the California Association of Veterans Service Agencies.

Senate Bill 239 makes it easier to prosecute cybercriminals and computer hackers. The proposal aligns the statute of limitations for felony computer hacking with similar forms of crimes by allowing for prosecution three years after the date of discovery, rather than the date of offense. SB 239 has received support from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP).

Senate Bill 348 requires state agencies to develop a plan to improve state services with artificial intelligence and encourages the Governor to create a statewide strategic plan.

Senate Bill 648 promotes user responsibility and public safety by applying the same principles underpinning vehicle hit and run laws to drones. SB 648 requires drone operators who are involved in an accident to provide their name, address, and valid identification to victims and police.

For more information on these and other bills authored by Senator Chang, visit www.senate.ca.gov/chang.