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State Legislation: New Mexico: Cyberstalking

- A bill (H.B. 9) currently pending in the New Mexico Legislature would establish a task force to study the use of technology by stalkers. The findings would be used to develop new laws to combat the crime.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Whistleblowers

- A bill (S.274) introduced by Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-HI) that would expand protection for government whistleblowers has been approved by the Senate. The House of Representatives has not indicated whether it will consider the bill.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Courthouse Security

- A bill (H.R. 660) that would increase courthouse security has been signed into law (P.L. 110-218). The law requires that the U.S. Marshals Service offer ongoing security advice to the judiciary. It authorizes additional funding to hire marshals to protect courthouses. In addition, the law makes it illegal to publicly disclose restricted personal information about a federal officer, witness, or juror with the intent to harm such individual. The law also makes it illegal to bring into the courtroom any item that could be used as a dangerous weapon.

U.S. Federal Legislation: National Security

- The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on the Bush administration’s use of the state secrets privilege. Under the privilege, the government can keep information from becoming public if it believes that the data will harm national security. Witnesses at the hearing discussed  the concept of privilege as well as a bill (S. 2533) introduced by Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA) that would require that the executive branch obtain court approval from a federal court each time it invokes the state secrets privilege in a civil action to prevent information from being released. Under the measure, the executive branch would also be required to provide a report to Congress on each item within 30 days of invoking the privilege.

Legal Report

- Rulings on discrimination, retaliation, and mental health in the workplace; plus legislation on national security, courthouses, and whistleblowers.

Legal Report

- Rulings on harrassment, emotional distress, and employee screening; plus legislation on airport security, gun control, and identity theft.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Gun Control

- In response to the Virginia Tech shootings, the President has signed a bill (H.R. 2640) into law that would require all states to submit information to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). According to statements by Rep. McCarthy, the law was necessary because not all states submit complete information. For example, not all states enter the records of those deemed mentally defective into the NCIS system. And for some states that do have complete information, the data is not automated, so it cannot be entered into the NCIS system.

Oklahoma Bill Allows Concealed Weapons on Campus

- A law passed by the Oklahoma State House yesterday allows people with training to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Legal Report

- Rulings on negligence and vicarious liability; plus legislation on racial discrimination, domestic violence, and food safety.

A Site to See: State Security Breach Notification Laws

- The University of Georgia's Office of Information Security outlines the state-by-state notification laws organizations must adhere to when they lose personal information.

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Restricting Use of State Secrets Privilege

- At a recent Senate hearing witnesses discussed proposed legislation that would subject assertions of state secrets privilege to judicial review.

State Legislation: Arkansas: School Safety

- A new Arkansas law (formerly H.B. 1041) requires that courts notify school districts when a student has been ordered to stay away from another student. Schools will also be notified when such restrictions are lifted.

U.S. Federal Legislation: Immigration

- A bill (H.R. 4201) introduced by Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) would require that state and local law enforcement agencies determine the immigration status of anyone arrested for a felony. If the accused is in the country illegally, he or she would be detained without the possibility of bail and would undergo federal deportation proceedings.
 




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