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Monday, the Indiana House passed Senate Bill 150, a bill that allows the use of Artificial Intelligence technology to be adopted by public entities including school corporations. Which “deals with the wonderful but scary world of technology,” according to Rep. Matt Lehman, R-Berne. 

SB 150 had a roll call of 97 yays and 0 nos. 

SB 150 would create an AI  task force to study and assess the use of AI technology by state agencies. It is authored by Sen. Liz Brown, R-Fort Wayne, Brian Buchanan, R-Lebanon and Ed Charbonneau, R-Valparaiso.

Matt Lehman, R-Berne, speaks on his SB 150, which would establish an artificial intelligence task force, during the Indiana House session meeting on Monday.

Lehman, House sponsor of SB 150, said the measure “keeps the state engaged in the current and future of AI cybersecurity data governance.”

Lehman stated this bill does three things: 

The task force would consist of 15 members from varied backgrounds and appointments. 

The task force will study what we’re currently using, what we will be using in the future, make recommendations to other state institutional academic bodies regarding AI, and ways to improve interbranch interagency communications.

The task force will identify challenges and best practices, receive input from the three branches, make recommendations to the three branches, and then every October have a report on what they have found.

Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, questioned Lehman, asking, “Is it still his expectation that this bill will go to conference and get a little more tweaked?”

After questioning, Pierce went back to his seat and left no further comments. 

“Yes, I think there was some language put in that I know the Senate author was not excited about,” Lehman responded. “I cannot speak on behalf of Sen. Brown, but in my conversations with her, her anticipation was to go to conferences for a few tweaks here and there.”

SB 150 passed out of the Senate Jan. 29 with a roll call of 47 yays and 2 nos. The senators who voted no were Sen. Andrea Hunley, D-Indianapolis, and Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis.

DeMarion Newell is a reporter for, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.


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