A bill (H.R. 5695) introduced by Rep. Daniel Lungren (R-CA) that would require that the DHS categorize dangerous chemicals as substances of concern has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. It is still pending in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
The bill would establish the most dangerous chemical substances and require chemical facilities to establish procedures to protect the public from them. Chemical facilities would be required to establish standards, protocols, and procedures for vulnerability assessments and facility security. Facilities using the highest-risk chemicals would have to conduct penetration exercises and establish security performance requirements.
A new Indiana law (formerly S.B 411) prohibits employers from asking prospective or current employees questions about firearm ownership. Employers may not ask whether the employee owns, possesses, uses, or transports a firearm or ammunition unless these activities are required to fulfill the employee’s job duties.
A bill (S. 401) that would revise the criminal code to strengthen penalties for bribery and corruption convictions has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill will now be considered by the full Senate.