The Political Battle for Colorado’s Secretary of State

The election for Colorado's Secretary of State is shaping up to be the most important. Tina Peters explains why she is running for Secretary of State. Bill of the Day is SB22-113, Artificial Intelligence Facial Recognition. In this bill, a Democrat proposes taxpayers fund a committee to observe artificial intelligence programs spying on Coloradoans.
Jena Griswold and Tina Peters are running for Colorado Secretary of State in 2022

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The Political Battle for Colorado's Secretary of State

Why Tina Peters is Running for Secretary of State in 2022

Tina Peters is the Mesa County Clerk. Peters was elected into that office in 2018. In that time Peters has been targeted multiple times by political opponents. In 2020 there was a failed attempt to recall Peters from office. The recall supporters did not amass the required signatures. In 2021 Jena Griswold, Colorado’s Secretary of State filed suit against Peters for an alleged failure to meet the duties of her office. The civil case resulted in Peters being barred from overseeing elections. The conflict between Peters and Griswald has continued into 2022. Much of the Front Range media has been quick to castigate Peters and overlook the conduct of Griswald.

However, what many people don’t know is that Peters was offered a deal by Griswald: all Peters had to do to recover her powers as Mesa County Clerk was to retract claims that Peters had made. Peters has been vocal in her contention that Griswald’s office has compromised election security in Colorado.

In a statement to the press in January 2022, Peters said of the matter: “Please name one time in the history of the world in which the side demanding you ‘repudiate’ your beliefs, especially beliefs for transparency, in exchange for return of your rights, have been the good guys?”

Peters, defying some of the establishment in Colorado’s Republican party, has thrown her hat in the ring. She feels strongly that Griswold is dangerous to the voters and citizens of Colorado and is not fit to hold office. In today’s show Peters and Kim discuss why Peters is running for office and what she hopes to accomplish if she wins. Learn more about her campaign here. Go here to support Peters.

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Bill of the Day SB22-113, Artificial Intelligence Facial Recognition

Bill Summary:

Section 1 of the bill creates a task force for the consideration of artificial intelligence (task force) and requires the task force to:

  • Study issues relating to the use of artificial intelligence; and
  • Submit a report on or before October 1, 2023, and on or before each October 1 thereafter, to the joint technology committee.

Section 2 repeals the task force, effective September 1, 2032, subject to a sunset review by the department of regulatory agencies.Section 3 adds new definitions of terms and renumbers existing definitions.Section 4 requires a state or local government agency (agency) that uses or intends to develop, procure, or use a facial recognition service (FRS) to file with a reporting authority a notice of intent to develop, procure, or use the FRS and specify a purpose for which the technology is to be used. After filing the notice of intent, the agency must produce an accountability report that includes certain information and policies regarding the proposed use of the FRS. The bill establishes requirements for the adoption, implementation, and updating of accountability reports. Section 4 also requires an agency using an FRS to subject to meaningful human review any decisions that result from such use and produce legal effects concerning individuals or similarly significant effects concerning individuals. An agency must test the FRS in operational conditions before deploying the FRS in a context in which it will be used to make such decisions.

An agency using an FRS must conduct periodic training of all individuals who operate the FRS or who process personal data obtained from the FRS. An agency must maintain records that are sufficient to facilitate public reporting and auditing of compliance with the agency’s facial recognition policies.

Section 4 also prohibits a law enforcement agency (LEA) from:

  • Using an FRS to engage in ongoing surveillance, conduct real-time or near real-time identification, or start persistent tracking unless the LEA obtains a warrant authorizing such use, exigent circumstances exist, or the LEA obtains a court order authorizing the use of the service for the sole purpose of locating or identifying a missing person or identifying a deceased person;
  • Applying an FRS to any individual based on the individual’s religious, political, or social views or activities or any other characteristic protected by law;
  • Using an FRS to create a record depicting any individual’s exercise of rights guaranteed by the first amendment of the United States constitution and by section 10 of article II of the Colorado constitution;
  • Using the results of an FRS as the sole basis to establish probable cause in a criminal investigation;
  • Using an FRS to identify an individual based on a sketch or other manually produced image; or
  • Substantively manipulating an image for use in an FRS in a manner not consistent with the FRS provider’s intended use and training.

An agency must disclose its use of an FRS on a criminal defendant to that defendant in a timely manner prior to trial. In January of each year:

  • Any judge who has issued or extended a warrant for the use of an FRS during the preceding year, or who has denied approval of such a warrant during that year, must report certain information to the state court administrator; and
  • Any agency that has applied for a warrant or an extension of a warrant for the use of an FRS to engage in any surveillance must provide to the agency’s reporting authority a report summarizing nonidentifying demographic data of individuals named in warrant applications as subjects of surveillance.

Sections 5 and 6 prohibit the use of facial recognition services by any public school, charter school, or institute charter school until January 1, 2025.Section 7 states that an individual may authorize an agent to access and process the individual’s personal data or other information held by a controller and that is otherwise accessible to the individual, and such an authorization does not constitute cybercrime.Sections 8 and 9 make conforming amendments.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)

SB22-113, Artificial Intelligence Facial Recognition is sponsored by Democrat State Senator Chris Hansen. The bill seeks to establish a task force (to run through 2032) to “consider the use of artificial intelligence in facial recognition.” The bill, in a manner that can accurately be described as timid, tries to restrict usage. Lovers of civil liberties and freedom will find this bill and its task force to be a waste of tax dollars. It would be far simpler, and more just, to ban all government facial recognition initiatives.

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