FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky House has passed a bill aimed at requiring government agencies to notify people when cyberthieves steal personal information from government computers.
The measure heads to the Senate after sailing through the House on Thursday.
State Auditor Adam Edelen praised the House action and urged the Senate to pass the bill.
Edelen said cybersecurity has become a leading public protection issue.
The bill would require state and local government agencies to notify people affected by a cybersecurity breach within 35 days of the incident.
Law enforcement and the auditor's office would have to be notified within 24 hours.
Kentucky is among a handful of states without a law requiring government to notify people of such breaches.
The measure also includes provisions to strengthen cybersecurity protections.
The legislation is House Bill 5.