SC House panel says cybersecurity bill too rushed

By SEANNA ADCOXAssociated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A bill aimed at strengthening cyber security across South Carolina state government is likely dead for the year, but legislators say the effort can be addressed in the state budget.

The House Ways and Means Committee voted unanimously Tuesday to postpone further debate on the measure. Democrats and Republicans say they're concerned about rushing a bill that creates a new agency and spends untold millions for years to come.

But they also agreed they can't wait another year to better secure taxpayers' information following last fall's massive hacking of private data from the Department of Revenue.

The House version would set up a new Cabinet-level cyber-security agency to set technology standards for agencies and ensure mandates are carried out. It also extends credit monitoring services for taxpayers.

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