Nebraska: Senator Bostar’s Bill Heads to Governor Pillen’s Desk

On April 11th, Senator Eliot Bostar’s bill, the Adopt the Pacific Conflict Stress Test Act and the Foreign Adversary Contracting Prohibition Act (LB 1300), received final approval by a vote of 46-0. The bill will now go to Governor Pillen’s desk for his approval. The Adopt the Pacific Conflict Stress Test Act and the Foreign Adversary Contracting Prohibition Act will prepare Nebraska’s supply chains and critical infrastructure for the risk of a Pacific conflict with China. Senator Bostar stated, “Just by preparing here, here in Nebraska, we are in effect doing our part to prevent a conflict from even starting”. CTT applauds Senator Bostar’s keadership to protect Nebraskans from the threat of the Chinese Communist Party and encourages Governor Pillen… Read More

Nebraska Lawmakers Advance Bill to Protect State from China Threats

China Tech Threat (CTT) provided expert testimony at a February 8 Nebraska Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee meeting, where the committee heard from Senator Eliot Bostar on his bill,  the Adopt the Pacific Conflict Stress Test Act and the Foreign Adversary Contracting Prohibition Act ( LB 1300). During Senator Bostar’s testimony, he shared, “LB1300 prepares the state’s supply chains and critical infrastructure for the risk of a Pacific conflict that Beijing consistently signals might occur.” Further adding, “Given that Nebraska is the home to Strategic Command and other critical American assets, it is not hard to imagine Nebraska being a target of cyberattacks and other disruptions. We cannot control these global risks, but we can and should prepare for… 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

Nebraska Bill Will Help Protect State from CCP Influence

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,… Read More

Nebraskans at Risk of Sensitive Data being Leaked to the PRC

Reports of a Chinese “police station” in Nebraska should concern residents and lawmakers in the state and serve as a warning to bolster state defenses to protect sensitive data and infrastructure. This is especially concerning as a new report shows the Nebraska State Patrol has purchased Chinese technology that has been banned by U.S. military agencies due to connections to the Chinese government and military. China Tech Threat (CTT) recently revealed in a report that the state of Nebraska spent $206,797 on restricted Chinese technology from Lenovo. Our fact sheet shows that the Attorney General, Nebraska State Patrol, University of Nebraska are at risk of sensitive information being put in jeopardy because of the use of these risky technologies. State… Read More