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Private security

- A bill (H.B. 1086) currently pending in the North Dakota Assembly would allow private security personnel to carry firearms while on duty in a gaming establishment or a business that sells liquor. Under current state law, private security personnel are not allowed to carry firearms while working in such businesses.

Border security

- James F. Sensenbrenner (R-WI), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has announced his plans to reintroduce border-security legislation that was cut from last year's intelligence bill. The legislation will require increased security standards for issuing drivers' licenses and updating immigration provisions to keep terrorists out of the United States.

Homeland security

- Many of the broad homeland security and intelligence issues before Congress this term will be addressed by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, chaired again by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME). In announcing the committee's agenda, Collins stressed overseeing and improving the Department of Homeland Security and monitoring the outcome of new intelligence legislation. The committee also plans to investigate sources of terrorism financing. In addition, Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) announced that antiterrorism legislation (S. 3) introduced by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) will be a priority. S. 3 would increase penalties for attacks against rail systems, passenger vessels, and mass transit. The bill also includes provisions designed to aid vaccine production and protect drug companies from liability related to vaccine programs.

Legal Reporter

- Case law on workers' compensation and drug testing; congress considers bills on cybercrime, gangs, and infant abduction; and new security laws in Michigan and Ohio.

Discrimination

- A bill (H.R. 2015) introduced by Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) would prohibit employment discrimination on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity by employers, employment agencies, or labor organizations. The bill would not be applicable to religious groups or the armed forces. If passed, the bill would not preempt or alter existing state laws on the issue.

Fire Safety

- Two bills (S. 1615 and H.R. 2882) introduced by Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and Rep. Michael Arcuri (D-NY), respectively, currently pending in Congress would require that all nursing homes install automatic fire sprinkler systems.

Homeland security

- A law (formerly S.B. 67) approved in Ohio makes it illegal for anyone to use an agricultural product or equipment to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of any government through intimidation or coercion, affect the conduct of any government, or interfere with agricultural processes to diminish consumer confidence or agricultural production. Raising or providing funds for such a venture is a felony, as is concealing a plan or planning an escape after committing such an act.

Legal Reporter

- Common carrier liability and the ADA in the courts, and Congress legislates on genetic discrimination, homeland security, and privacy.

Genetic discrimination

- A bill (S. 306) introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) that would prohibit genetic discrimination by employers and insurance providers has been approved by the Senate.

Information security.

- A new rule proposed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) would expand the categories of information considered by the agency to be sensitive. Such data would be added to a special category of sensitive unclassified information, termed safeguards information (SGI), that would be protected from unauthorized disclosure.Current SGI includes data on power reactors, research and test reactors, and spent-fuel storage installations. Under the new rule, information such as engineering or safety analyses, emergency planning procedures, or scenario training materials relating to facility protection would be considered SGI. Also protected would be information concerning the tactics and capabilities required to defend against attempted radiological sabotage or theft of nuclear material. @ To read the full text visit Security Management Online.

Whistleblowers

- A bill (S. 494) that would protect federal employees who disclose information about government wrongdoing has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.

Cybersecurity

- A bill (H.R. 285) that would establish a national cybersecurity response team to analyze threat information and provide early warning of attacks on the cybersecurity infrastructure has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Cybersecurity. The bill must now be considered by the full committee.

Checking on Sarbanes-Oxley

- Companies that have found SOX compliance far too costly have probably implemented measures well beyond the letter of the law.
 




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