A bill (S. 2273) introduced by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) that would improve security on U.S. railroads has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The bill would authorize more than $1 billion in rail security improvements. Of that sum, $670 million would be allotted to help Amtrak complete security and safety upgrades to tunnels along the Eastern Seaboard. The Department of Homeland Security would be required to conduct a security assessment of rail systems in the United States.
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.