Site Map - Legal Issues

Retaliatory discharge

- (Reeves v. Safeway Stores, Inc., Court of Appeal for the State of California, No. H024375, 2004)

Premises liability

- (Maheshwari v. City of New York, New York Court of Appeals, No. 54, 2004)

Legal Reporter

- A wrap-up of security legislation considered by the 108th Congress.

Legal Report

- Rulings on data security and religious discrimination; plus legislation on fire safety, security guards, and food safety.

The Privatization of Police in America: An Analysis and Case Study

- An attorney and former police officer, the author is particularly strong on legal issues. He raises questions about the applicability of constitutional rights when private security personnel take action, an opportune inquiry at a time when the government looks to the private sector as a major homeland security resource.

No More Corporate Cash for Militias

- U.S. companies must be cautious in dealing with foreign militia groups as the government cracks down on payment schemes.


- Several new bills introduced by lawmakers focused on helping states respond to acts of terrorism. The bills would have established grant programs to help fund states' first responder activities; the bills also would have established grants for terrorism-related training and technical assistance for state officials. 

School security

- A bill (S. 620) that would have provided federal grants to install sprinklers or other fire suppression or prevention technologies in college and university dorms died in committee. The funds could have been used by public and private institutions to provide fire-safety equipment in all campus housing including sorority and fraternity houses. 

Security equipment

- Several bills introduced in the 108th Congress would have given companies tax breaks or incentives to purchase security equipment. Such equipment included physical security devices and fire-safety technology. 


- One bill (S. 1350) considered by lawmakers would have required that companies victimized by an electronic security breach notify customers that their information may have been compromised. The bill, which was similar to one that took effect in California this year, was considered in committee, where hearings were held, but was not brought to a vote.

Port security

- Two bills were introduced to address port security issues. The first bill (S. 1400) was approved by the Senate but was not considered in the House. The bill would have established an integrated coastal-observation system with several goals, including fighting terrorism and monitoring storm activity. The system would also have collected data on the marine environment and ocean life. Another Senate bill (S. 193), which would have required that the Department of Energy evaluate radiation detection systems for use at U.S. seaports, failed to win approval in its Senate committee. The system would have been used to detect the presence of a dirty bomb being smuggled into the U.S. aboard a cargo vessel.

First responders

- Two bills (S. 930 and H.R. 3266) designed to provide funds and training to first responders failed to go further than being considered in committee.

Aviation security

- Two bills (S. 957 and H.R. 1889), introduced by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) respectively, would have required that aircraft cabin-crew members be certified and trained on security and safety procedures. Despite bipartisan support, neither bill garnered committee approval.

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