The South Carolina Senate has tentatively approved a bill meant to increase the oversight of public agencies' computer systems.
Since last fall's massive breach at the Department of Revenue, the Senate voted unanimously Thursday on the measure centralizing responsibility of cybersecurity.
It would mean the governor could negotiate up to 10 years of identity theft protection for residents through the state's bid process.
Under the $12 million, one-year contract Gov. Nikki Haley negotiated last fall, Experian monitors customers' credit for new accounts and provides after-the-fact alerts. The bill encourages future contracts to cover other types of fraud.
People who prove they've been victimized by the hacking could be reimbursed by the state. However, experts say a direct connection is impossible to prove.
The bill requires another vote before heading to the House.