On January 16, 2024, Nebraska State Senator Eliot Bostar introduced the “Adopt the Pacific Conflict Stress Test Act and the Foreign Adversary Contracting Prohibition Act” (LB1300). The bill comes as the update research shows the state continues to spend taxpayers’ dollars on risky Chinese technology.
Research released by China Tech Threat (CTT) in 2023 revealed that the state spent $206,797 on restricted Chinese technology from Lenovo. That number has only grown since then, with updated reach showing the total now equals $207,848. Our fact sheet shows purchases by the Attorney General’s office and Nebraska State Patrol which are now at risk of sensitive information being put in jeopardy because of the use of these risky technologies .
With this bill, the state joins a growing number of states that have already passed similar laws or are prioritizing laws this legislative session. Next Thursday, February 8th, Senator Bostar’s bill will be considered before Nebraska’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee, which will feature expert testimony from China Tech Threat’s Policy Director Chris Mohrman. To learn more information on Nebraska’s past spending click here to read our 2023 blog.