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State Legislation: Florida: Bulllying

- A new Florida law (formerly H.B. 669) prohibits all forms of bullying, including cyberbullying, at public primary schools in the state. Under the law, schools must adopt an antibullying policy and procedures for dealing with complaints of bullying. All complaints must be investigated promptly and each incident must be included in reports to the state education department.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Employment Discrimination

- A new law (P.L. 111-2) allows employees to act on a discriminatory practice at the time it occurs and also each time they are affected by the application of the decision or practice, such as the time an employee is paid.

Legal Report

- A look at the cases the U.S. Supreme Court has refused to consider, including those on the ADA, preemployment screening, and wrongful termination.

State Legislation: Illinois: Crime

- Lawmakers in Illinois have enacted a measure (formerly H.B. 251) that makes the penalties for assault on a security officer the same as those levied for assault on a police officer, corrections officer, or firefighter.

State Legislation: Colorado: School Safety

- Under a new Colorado law (formerly H.B. 1267), the state will implement a pilot program to digitally map schools to aid first responders. The program will aim to provide digital layouts and schematics of school buildings to first responders to help them during an emergency.

Bill Would Allow Prisons to Jam Cell Phone Signals

- Legislation introduced into both houses of Congress yesterday would give prisons the right to block cell phone signals inside their walls after receiving permission from the Federal Communications Commission.

Legal Report

- A court rules that shopping mall owners were not responsible for the murder of a patron, and a look at what federal legislation lawmakers may be considering during the new session of Congress.  

Litigation

- A new law (P.L. 110-322) amends the Federal Rules of Evidence, altering when and how information is covered by attorney-client privilege. Under the new law, if a disclosure is made in a federal proceeding or to a federal office or agency, and the owner of the information waives attorney-client privilege or work-product protection, the waiver extends to undisclosed communication or information in a federal or state proceeding under certain circumstances.

Rail Safety

- A law (P.L. 110-432) designed to improve railroad safety will reduce stress on workers by decreasing overall work hours and increasing the amount of time off between shifts. The measure also provides whistleblower protections for those employees who cooperate with a safety investigation, furnish rail accident information, or refuse to authorize the use of safety equipment, tracks, or structures that are in a hazardous condition. Employees will be entitled to damages if subjected to mistreatment because of their whistleblower activity. Those guilty of safety violations under the bill would face criminal penalties.

Cybercrime

- A bill (S. 2168) that would increase penalties for identity theft and fraud was included in another bill (H.R. 5938) designed to provide security details for U.S. vice presidents. That measure became P.L. 110-326. The law allows consumers to sue identity thieves and recover damages based on the time and money spent recovering from the theft. The measure would also make it a felony to use spyware or keyloggers to damage 10 or more computers regardless of the amount of damage caused by the hacker.

Terrorism Insurance

- Congress approved a law (P.L. 110-160) reauthorizing the government-based terrorism insurance program for seven more years. Under the law, the terrorism insurance program, which was slated to expire at the end of 2008, will be extended until the end of 2015. A study of how to move terrorism insurance into the private market had concluded that private terrorism insurance was highly unlikely in the foreseeable future and that the government program was the only way to provide such insurance.

Terrorism

- A new law (P.L. 110-53) implemented the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission that were not enacted in the prior Congress. Under the law, homeland security grants are to be allocated based on risk assessments undertaken by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Mitigating factors such as a large commuting population or tourist attractions can also affect grant allocation.

Infrastructure

- A bill providing funding for site security at some federal facilities has been included in a 2008 appropriations bill funding the Department of the Interior. The bill became P.L. 110-229. The law will allocate money to facilities operated by the Bureau of Reclamation to hire more security officers and to purchase equipment needed by those officers
 




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