By Reggie Davis, General Counsel & Chief Legal Officer at DocuSign
California’s commitment to modernizing state law impacting electronic transactions makes us extremely proud. Throughout the year, Governor Jerry Brown and the California legislature have made significant strides in removing barriers making business more consumer-friendly in today’s digital age. What better way for the home of Silicon Valley to show its leadership in technology innovation than via public-sector leading digital government.
Earlier this summer, Governor Brown signed a law to clarify how state government agencies can accept electronic signatures. Now, as a result of Assembly Bill 2296 sponsored by Assembly member Evan Low, whose district covers Silicon Valley, California government agencies of all sizes can transition to use of electronic records even more rapidly.
DocuSign and the Electronic Signature & Records Association (ESRA), a not-for-profit volunteer organization comprising both users and providers of electronic signatures and records, have a long history of partnership – including in California where we worked closely together with Secretary of State Alex Padilla’s staff to clarify the law.
And another new law, that ESRA was involved in, signed very recently by Governor Brown, revised the Electronic Recording Act in California to expand the types of electronic records that notaries can deliver to a county recorder for recording.
We are proud to call California home and proud of the work that is happening statewide to advance regulations and to show leadership in new technology adoption.
Earlier this year, Assembly members Low and Ian Calderon of Whittier launched the California Legislative Technology and Innovation Caucus, a bi-partisan group of Assembly members and Senators, with the aim of supporting legislation that promotes the technology and innovation climate in California and engaging on emerging policy issues.
There are many examples of digital transformation sweeping the state, impacting processes previously bogged down by paper.
In Santa Barbara, the Tri-Counties Regional Center is simplifying and expediting critical contract approvals for lifesaving services for families with special needs using DocuSign’s eSignature and Digital Transaction Management (DTM) solutions that offer enhanced security and compliance with HIPAA regulations. Tri-Counties, impressed by the impact of DocuSign on their employees and clients, is now advocating for expanded acceptance of eSignature at the local, state and federal level.
For four years now, Butte County has been using eSignatures to expedite search warrants to streamline and accelerate its law enforcement efforts. And in Alameda County, DocuSign has been key to the county’s efforts to streamline government processes with eSignatures.
It is clear that California understands how important it is to take down the remaining barriers to eSignatures and digital transformation as it also speeds its own adoption. Indeed, the state understands that government must transform the way it functions to capture the efficiencies and advantages of the digital era while reducing burdensome paperwork for its constituency. The tech sector’s dramatic growth has been a driver of the statewide economic engine, and many states look to the Golden State for innovation and technology leadership.
We’d like to both congratulate and thank the state on its efforts and look forward to continuing our great journey as partners accelerating digital transformation.