Between 2020 and 2022, the state of Georgia spent $47,259,946 on restricted Chinese technology from Lexmark, Inc. and Lenovo, Inc.
Georgia is making progress:
In May 2022, the Georgia legislature passed and Governor Kemp signed into law SB 346 to prohibit companies owned or operated by China from bidding on state contracts. Implementation of this new law will help eradicate Georgia taxpayer dollars being used to purchase dangerous Chinese technology for use in government departments and agencies like those detailed below.
State lawmakers can enact laws and regulations to restrict contracts with Chinese-owned or operated tech manufactures.
As awareness grows among state lawmakers, there is a shift at the state level to take these threats more seriously. Some states, such as Georgia and Florida, already have laws or regulations to restrict contracts with Chinese-owned or operated tech manufactures that can serve as model policies, and nearly a dozen more states currently considering legislation.