CHICAGO – The infrastructure, technology and workforce needs of a 21st Century economy will be a focus for state Rep. Jaime Andrade, D-Chicago, a member of key House committees on innovation, labor and transportation.
“I am enthusiastic to begin my tenure as chair, but a chair position is only as effective as the body of members that make us a committee,” Andrade said. “Illinois families face many challenges from cybersecurity threats, financial instability and interruptions to the services they rely on. As a member of these committees, I want to craft legislation that brings us up to speed with growing technology threats, improves access and reliability of public utilities and secures Illinois finances.”
Andrade was previously appointed Chairperson of the Transportation: Vehicle Safety committee, championing electric vehicle and green energy transportation initiatives.
He will soon serve as a member of the Cybersecurity, Data Analytics, and IT and Public Utilities committees, ensuring that utilities and internet services are safe and reliable. Additionally, Andrade will coordinate with fellow members of the Labor & Commerce committee to bolster the financial stability of Illinois families. As a member of the Appropriations: General Services committee, Andrade will prioritize responsible government funding and public infrastructure investment.
Andrade passed Senate Bill 2175 which amended the Department of Innovation and Technology Act, expanding their purview to make Illinois a competitive tech sector hub. He also helped pass House Bill 53 which required companies who use artificial intelligence in the hiring process to disclose demographic and potential racial biases within their system’s operations.
“These committees are critical to creating a comprehensive and bold legislative session that addresses the challenges facing Illinois families,” Andrade said. “People rely on consistent public utilities access in their daily lives. These services require a thorough overview. I am also dedicated to making sure that legislation can keep pace with the changing cybersecurity landscape. I look forward to developing artificial intelligence, internet security and adaptable technology laws that propel our technology forward without compromising community safety.”
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