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Relating to the establishment of the digital identity work group.
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
HB 2199 would create a work group required to develop recommendations for the use of digital identity in this state and identify optimal policies and state investments related to digital identity technology. The group's duties would include; assessing existing digital identity practices in this state, identifying areas of concern in current digital identity applications or the lack of applications, identifying efficiencies and cost savings for governmental agencies and economic growth and development opportunities for this state presented by digitizing identity, reviewing technology standards for digital identity, identifying attribute validation services at federal governmental agencies, and reviewing the federal Improving Digital Identity Act of 2020 (H.R. 8215).
The bill would mandate the make up of the work group and specifies that it would expire on October 1, 2022.
It is not outside of the proper role of government for the state to investigate ways to modernize the way state-issued identification works. This legislation could be improved by amending it to ensure that the work group include recommendations to ensure that any form of digital identification must be tamper-proof and be resistant to identity theft, fraud, hacking, and counterfeiting.