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- 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.

Legal Report

- Sexual harassment and wrongful termination in the courts. Also, what’s new in Congress and the state legislatures


- Legislators in Alaska have approved a bill (H.B. 184) that would allow citizens of the state to keep guns in their cars at all times. The bill has been approved by both houses of the state legislature and is now awaiting the governor’s signature.The bill would allow employees to have guns in their cars even if the cars are parked in workplace parking lots, as long as they are beyond 300 feet from a secured restricted access area. Under the bill, this practice would be allowed even if organizations have policies prohibiting firearms on company property.

First responders

- A bill (H.R. 1544) that would change the manner by which first-responder funds are allocated to state and local governments has been approved by the House of Representatives and is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Legal Report

- A transit company is not liable for hiring an employee who raped a customer. Also, federal legislation on making the Patriot Act permanent, fighting counterfeit drugs, and tracking radiation sources.

Radiation sources

- A Senate bill (S.1150) introduced by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) would require that the government establish a mandatory tracking system for all radiation sources in the United States. Violators would face civil penalties.

Legal Report

- Court cases on negligence, premises liability, and the ADA; guidelines on dealing with cancer as a disability; and legislation on water infrastructure and identity theft.


- Several bills that would give employers more latitude in disputes with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have been merged into one measure(H.R. 739) This bill has been passed by the House of Representatives and is currently pending in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.The legislation would allow employees more time to contest safety violations. Currently, employers have 15 days to contest safety violations. The bill would allow employees to exceed that 15-day time limit if the failure to contest results is from “mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect.”H.R. 739 would also allow employers with 100 or fewer employees and a net worth of $7 million or less to collect attorney’s fees if they prevail in a dispute with OSHA.

White House Makes Case Against House FISA Bill

- The White House has put out a fact sheet laying out point by point why it opposes the House bill on FISA restrictions.

Legal Report

- Must bar owners intervene in an attack on a patron? A California court decides. Also, Congress addresses transit security, OSHA, and other topics.

Cyber predators

- A bill  (S.B. 62) recently signed into law in Georgia has created the new crime of “initiation of deceptive commercial e-mail.” Designed to punish those who lure children via chat rooms and instant messaging, the crime is a misdemeanor and is punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and 12 months in jail. On the second offense, however, the act is a felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $50,000 and five years in prison. The law also allows law enforcement officers to subpoena an Internet service provider to obtain the identity of a computer user under investigation for stalking children online.

Hazardous material

- A bill (S. 1256) introduced by Sen. Joseph Biden (D-DE) would require the Department of Homeland Security to issue regulations for the rail shipment and storage of extremely hazardous materials by railroads.

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