Maine Bill To Stopping CCP Tech Threats To State Becomes Law

On May 1, Senator Lisa Keim’s bill , An Act to Increase Cybersecurity in Maine, became law. The bill, (LD877, SP0374) will prohibit local and state government from entering contracts with companies that are connected to hostile foreign governments, like China.  In an interview about her bill, Senator Lisa Keim told CTT: “China is not our friend. They are collecting information and our data for purposes that are not beneficial to us and have been doing it for years. We absolutely have to stop this in state government. We need to do this to protect our people and our businesses.”  var player = document.querySelector('presto-player#presto-player-2'); player.video_id = 11; player.preset = {"id":1,"name":"Default","slug":"default","icon":"format-video","skin":"modern","play-large":true,"rewind":true,"play":true,"fast-forward":true,"progress":true,"current-time":true,"mute":true,"volume":true,"speed":false,"pip":false,"fullscreen":true,"captions":false,"reset_on_end":true,"auto_hide":true,"captions_enabled":false,"save_player_position":true,"sticky_scroll":false,"sticky_scroll_position":"bottom right","on_video_end":"select","play_video_viewport":false,"hide_youtube":false,"lazy_load_youtube":false,"hide_logo":false,"border_radius":0,"caption_style":"","caption_background":"","is_locked":true,"cta":[""],"watermark":[""],"search":[""],"email_collection":[""],"action_bar":[""],"created_by":3,"created_at":"2023-03-20 16:55:17","updated_at":"2023-03-20 16:55:17","deleted_at":"","show_time_elapsed":false}; player.chapters = []; player.overlays = []; player.tracks… Read More

2024 State Momentum Update: February 7

Since our last update on January 23, a number of states have added to the strong momentum with bills to prohibit the purchase of technology by companies owned or operated by the Chinese government. Below is the latest roundup of legislative activity by state lawmakers leading the fight to help protect residents, businesses, government offices, infrastructure, and personal and sensitive data from threats posed by the Chinese government. Utah (New): On January 26, 2024 Representative Candice Pierucci introduced the Public Entity Restrictions bill, HB 404. Among other things, it prohibits procurement of technology or technology services, networks, or systems from restricted foreign entities, including China.  Maryland (New): On February 2, 2024 Delegate Brian Chisolm introduced HB 894 which prohibits an… Read More

State Policy Update: Ending Contracts with PRC-Owned Manufacturers

Six weeks after publishing our landmark report (“States of Denial vs. States of Momentum”), we return to provide good news: Already in 2023 two states have enacted laws to end contracts with Chinese government-owned companies and ten more have considered the same. In just the past few weeks, South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed SB 189 on March 22 and Idaho Governor Brad Little signed HB 294 on April 3. Our state legislative update can be found here and details or our interactive state momentum map have been updated so that readers can learn more about each of the bills with links to their text, sponsors and status. We will closely follow the progress of six states that continue to… Read More

Maine Debates Bill To Stop Hemorrhaging Sensitive Info To CCP

The more than $5 million the State of Maine has already spent on dangerous Chinese technology from Lenovo was a concern raised throughout a Maine committee hearing on legislation to prohibit state contracts with companies owned or operated by the Chinese government. Maine leaders should move the bill quickly through the work session that will be held in the next few weeks and pass the bill. In doing so, it will join Vermont, which was the first state to take action to prohibit restricted equipment back in 2019, and the nearly dozen other states considering bills. Underscoring her point that the Lenovo technology is likely being used throughout state, the sponsor of LD877, An Act to Prohibit State Contracts with… Read More

ME Bill To Prohibit Chinese Technology Comes As Research Reveals State Spending Millions on Dangerous Tech

On March 21, the Maine State Legislature will hold a hearing on a bill to ban the purchase of risky Chinese technology from manufacturers in the Pine Tree state. Introduced by Senator Lisa Keim, An Act to Prohibit State Contracts with Companies Owned or Operated by the Government of the People’s Republic of China (LD877) comes as new research reveals that Maine has spent more than $5 million on risky Chinese technology from Lenovo, which has already been restricted by the federal government. These $5 million in Lenovo purchases were made by the Bureau of Information Services, but the technology has likely been distributed throughout state agencies (unlike other states, Maine does not disclose where purchased technology is being used).… Read More