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

Oklahoma Moving in the Right Direction With Bills Banning Contracts With China

That the National Weather Service (NWS) is now alerting Oklahoma residents to the differences between weather balloons and spy balloons shows how concerned Oklahomans are about national security threats posed by China. While they may not be aware, they should also be concerned about the more than $587,000 in dangerous technology used in state networks. Thankfully, State Senator Micheal Bergstrom is taking action to address this threat. China Tech Threat’s (CTT) research shows Oklahoma spent $587,883 on risky Chinese technology from Lexmark and Lenovo between 2018 and 2021. As detailed in the newly released fact sheet, our research reveals this dangerous technology is currently used by the Secretary of State, the University of Oklahoma, and the Departments of Commerce, Correction… Read More