Texas leaders explore innovative policies for AI technology’s evolving future.


  • The Texas Department of Transportation and state agencies are experimenting with AI to increase efficiency and productivity.
  • The Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council is exploring potential legislation and policy recommendations for the use of AI in government.

Texas Lawmakers and Agency Leaders Experiment, Ponder Policies for an AI Future

In a move towards leveraging advanced computing to streamline processes, the Texas Department of Transportation and various state agencies are delving into artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. The creation of the Artificial Intelligence Advisory Council by the Texas Legislature in the previous session aims to explore the implementation and impact of AI in governmental operations.

With Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, and House Speaker Dade Phelan appointing members to the council, discussions around potential legislation and policy recommendations are already underway. Led by state Sen. Tan Parker and state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, the council recently met to discuss the current and potential use of AI across various state agencies.

Testimonies presented during the council meeting highlighted the diverse applications of AI, from chatbots and automated invoicing to incident detection and video analytics. The Department of Information Resources emphasized the need for guidelines around AI usage within agencies to ensure a balance between efficiency and privacy.

The Texas Department of Transportation shared its experimentation with AI in incident detection, user access management, and traffic camera analytics. These initiatives aim to enhance response times, improve operations, and predict potential traffic disruptions more effectively.

Moving forward, the council will continue its research and conversations to generate a comprehensive report with policy recommendations, potentially covering areas such as data privacy, cybersecurity, and AI governance. With the anticipated release of the council’s final report in late 2024, Texas lawmakers and agency leaders are poised to navigate the evolving landscape of AI technology in government operations.