Senators Albers and Payne Announce Joint Senate Committee Meeting to Discuss Artificial Intelligence

ATLANTA (August 21, 2023) | Today, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Safety, Senator John Albers (R – Roswell), and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, Senator Chuck Payne (R – Dalton), announced plans to host a joint committee meeting concerning the topic of Artificial Intelligence (AI). This meeting will take place on November 1, 2023 and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 room 450 of the State Capitol.

“I want to commend Chairman Albers and Payne for their proactive work on this important issue,” said Lt. Governor Burt Jones. “Artificial Intelligence is evolving rapidly and it is important for us to analyze current and future AI practices. We must look at the pros, cons and potential unintended consequences of AI and I look forward to the work of this Senate joint committee.”

“AI may be one of the greatest disruptors in history providing significant advancements and monumental risk,” said Sen. Albers. “We must address this head on to protect our citizens, businesses, and state.”

“As Chairman of the Senate Science and Technology Committee, I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate with Chairman Albers and the Public Safety Committee, as to best address real concerns related to advances in artificial intelligence and to mitigate any risks facing the citizens of our state,” said Sen. Payne.

This joint committee will bring industry experts to the table with the goal of analyzing current and projected future artificial intelligence practices. The committee aims to pave a path forward as the sector continues to grow throughout a multitude of platforms both in Georgia and across the nation.

More information and an agenda for this meeting will be sent at a later date.

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Sen. John Albers serves as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Safety. He represents the 56th Senate District which includes portions of Cherokee, Cobb and North Fulton counties. He may be reached at his office at 404.463.8055 or by email at [email protected]

Sen. Chuck Payne serves as the Chairman for the Senate Committee on Science and Technology. He represents the 54th Senate District, which includes Whitfield and Murray County as well as part of Gordon County. He may be reached at 404.463.5402 or by email at [email protected].

Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce to Hold Third Meeting

On Tuesday, August 22, 2023, the Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce, chaired by Senator John Albers (R – Roswell), will be holding its third meeting at 10:00 a.m. at the Kia Assembly Plant in West Point, Georgia. The Senate Study Committee was created pursuant to Senate Resolution 275, sponsored by Sen. Albers, which passed during the 2023 Legislative Session with bipartisan support. This committee was established to fulfill one of Lt. Governor Burt Jones priorities for the 2023 session. The committee is comprised of both legislative and non-legislative members: Sen. Albers as Chairman, Sen. Brandon Beach (R – Alpharetta), Sen. Jason Esteves (D – Atlanta), Sen. Sonya Halpern (D – Atlanta), Sen. Billy Hickman (R – Statesboro), Champ Bailey, Joseph McDermott, Ryan Pernice, Technical College System of Georgia Commissioner Greg Dozier, Dave Williams, and Daniela Perry. The study committee will hold three more meetings throughout the remainder of the year, with a schedule of meetings located on the committee website listed below.

WHO:               Sen. John Albers, Chairman of the Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce Senate Study Committee Members

                        Representatives from a wide range of Georgia industries

WHAT:              Third meeting of the Senate Study Committee on Expanding Georgia’s Workforce

WHEN:             Tuesday, August 22, 2023 – 10:00 a.m. 

WHERE:            Kia Georgia Training Center, 900 KIA Blvd, West Point, Georgia