SB 1877

84(R) - 2015
Senate Business & Commerce
Senate Business & Commerce
Business, Industry, & Commerce
Property Rights

Vote Recommendation

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Judith Zaffirini

Bill Caption

Relating to the development and maintenance by each state agency of a data use agreement for the state agency's employees and to training related to that agreement.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 1628 would amend Chapter 2054 of the Government Code. Specifically, this bill would require each state agency to develop a data use agreement that must be updated at least biennially. This agreement would need to be distributed and signed by each employee of the agency.

Finally, this legislation would require each agency to provide its employees with cybersecurity awareness training to coincide with the distribution of the data use agreement. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

5/23/2015 update: 

No changes have been made to this legislation in the House committee. The House chamber sponsor is Rep. Galindo.   

First chamber recommendation: 

Since the state’s information resources contain a citizen’s sensitive information, it is imperative that the state take all precautionary measures to prevent that information from getting into the wrong hands. Unfortunately, the advent of electronic data storage has raised issues concerning cybersecurity threats.

We support SB 1628 because it would require state agencies and its employees to understand current best practices for managing and protecting electronic data so that it does not succumb to those threats.  These measures taken by the state will ensure the personal responsibility of the agencies while protecting the private property of the citizens they serve.