Two bills that would have required enhanced security at nuclear power plants were introduced in the 108th Congress but neither was approved. S. 1043 would have required that the government classify threats against power plants; coordinate federal, state, and local security efforts; review the adequacy of existing security plans; and revise hiring and training standards for private security officers serving at nuclear power plants. H.R. 2951 would have prohibited the operation of any nuclear power plant unless it had a government-certified radiological emergency response plan. Such plans would be have been required to provide reasonable assurance that public health and safety was not endangered by the operation of the facility.
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.