October 17, 2012 by Dazza
Some years ago, as an attorney and representative for public sector policy, I was active in the crafting of and advocacy for federal and state legislation to enable electronic signatures and related online transactions, while emphasizing a balance between non-regulatory private innovation and privacy or consumer protections when needed. I’ve recently discovered, while going through some old hard drives, the following written statements that were delivered as part of testimony on these topics to the US House of Representative and US Senate committees drafting such legislation.
The above hearings and legislative processes resulted in enactment of federal legislation including the Government Paperwork Elimination Act (GPEA) and the E-Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. Perhaps of even more overall value, various proposed legislative schemes that had raised various concerns were not adopted as a result of the legislative processes related to these hearings.
The most interesting content, as I recall, was the verbal testimony (which frequently encompassed deeper or broader topics than those reflected in the pre-written statements) and especially the question and answer period. Senator McCain (then Chairing the Senate Commerce Committee) was a particularly engaged and insightful facilitator of testimony, as was Representative Eshoo (Chairing a subcommittee and Representing Silicon Valley).
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