Arlington, VA — With over 500 AI regulatory proposals introduced across various states, there is a growing concern about the potential patchwork of confusing and conflicting rules that could undermine the AI revolution in the United States. This situation demands urgent Congressional action to streamline AI policy and preserve the nation’s competitive edge in technology.

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Overview of the AI Regulatory Challenge:

  • States have proposed numerous AI regulations, creating a potential patchwork that could hinder technological innovation and deployment across the U.S.
  • These disparate state laws risk creating unnecessary regulatory chokepoints, elevating compliance costs, and delaying access to new AI-driven products.

Key Takeaways from the Current AI Policy Proposals:

  • Full Scale Pre-emption of State Laws: Congress should consider establishing a clear, concise, and consistently enforced national framework to allow technological experimentation and progress, pre-empting conflicting state laws.
  • Choice of Law Framework for Federal AI Pre-emption: This approach would rebalance power by allowing companies to adhere to the AI laws of their choice, fostering regulatory competition among states.
  • Promotion of Multi-State Compacts: Congress could encourage states to form compacts that standardize AI regulations, particularly for deployment-based rules, thus mitigating the fragmentation of AI policies.
  • Vesting Standard-Setting Authority in NIST: Leveraging NIST’s expertise to develop voluntary standards could provide the uniformity needed in the AI sector, countering the rigid and fragmented regulations that could stifle innovation.

The burgeoning number of AI proposals reflects a critical need for Congressional leadership to preemptively address the fragmented regulatory environment. By establishing a comprehensive national AI framework, Congress can protect consumer interests, promote interstate collaboration, and maintain America’s leading position in global technology innovation. Stakeholders are encouraged to support these legislative efforts to ensure that AI development continues to thrive under a unified and strategic regulatory approach.

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