Update: Idaho’s Bill to Thwart Contracts with Chinese-Owned Companies Signed Into Law

Idaho Governor Brad Little has signed into law HB 294 that will prohibit public contracts with companies owned or operation by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Introduced by Representatives Sage G. Dixon and Edward H. Hill, the bill received overwhelming support in the House (67-7-1) and Senate (28-7).“The most important aspect of my anti-CCP effort is now our legislators understand the threat and realize that national security begins here at the state level. This is the most critical victory here. I intend to follow up with many more initiatives next session,” Rep. Edward Hill – Idaho State LegislatureChina Tech Threat’s Idaho research released in February 2023 revealed that between 2015 and 2022 the state spent $33 million on Chinese… Read More

Idaho’s Bill to Thwart Contracts with Chinese-Owned Companies Advances to Governor Little’s Desk

Having already passed the House, the Senate (28-7) overwhelmingly approved HB 294 last week, so the bill is off to Governor Little’s desk.  Introduced by Representatives Sage G. Dixon and Edward H. Hill, this bill would prohibit public contracts with companies owned or operation by the People’s Republic of China (PRC).We anticipate the Governor will sign HB 294 into law, given his 2022 Cybersecurity Task Force Report published 18 recommendations, including defending sensitive personal and financial data held by state agencies. (The policy was featured in CTT’s 2022 State Policy Ideas Memo.)As recently reported in our Idaho fact sheet, between 2015 and 2022 the state spent $33 million on Chinese technology from Lexmark and Lenovo. These companies have… Read More

Idaho Bill To Restrict China Tech Advances to State Affairs Committee

In 2016, China was Idaho’s number two trade partner, and its rank has now dropped to number seven. At the same time, the Idaho State Legislature is also acting to restrict the use of dangerous China tech that opens the doors to intrusion as China Tech Threat’s recent report shows that the state of Idaho spent over $33 million on restricted Chinese technology. from Lexmark and Lenovo between 2015 and 2022. Introduced by Idaho Representatives Edward H. Hill and Sage G. Dixon, House Bill 294 adds to existing law to prohibit public entities from entering into certain contracts with companies owned or operated by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The bill passed the House by a vote of 62-7-1… Read More