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Biometrics Restriction Defeated by New Hampshire Legislature

- A bill that would have severely restricted the use of biometrics by private businesses and government agencies in New Hampshire was overwhelmingly defeated yesterday by the state legislature.

Legislation Would Provide Security Fix

- New legislation would help the security industry bypass an energy efficiency standard it says shouldn't apply to security companies.

Chemical Security

- The Senate is considering House legislation that would make CFATS law and require many businesses to evaluate the feasibility of switching to safer chemicals.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Food Safety

- A bill (S. 510) that would allow the government to suspend the registration of a food production facility due to unsafe conditions and issue a recall of adulterated food has been approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the bill.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Bioterrorism

- A bill (S. 1649) that would strengthening security at laboratories that handle dangerous pathogens has been approved by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will consider the measure.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Cruise Ship Security

- A bill (S. 588) that would enhance security aboard cruise ships has been approved by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. The Senate has announced that it will consider the measure.

State Legislation: North Carolina: School Security

- A new North Carolina law (formerly A.B. 1327) would allow law enforcement agencies to communicate intelligence about criminal activity to school systems if the activity presents imminent danger to the life of a student or employee of the school.

State Legislation: California: Background Screening

- The California legislature has passed a bill (A.B. 943) that would prohibit employers from obtaining credit reports on most prospective employees. Employers would be allowed to conduct credit checks on candidates for certain positions, such as those jobs in which employees would have access to large amounts of cash or other valuables or where the employees would be privy to confidential financial information. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has not announced whether he will sign the bill into law.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Bioterrorism

- A bill (S. 1649) introduced by Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) would seek to prevent terrorist attacks in part by strengthening security at laboratories that handle dangerous pathogens.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Crime

- A bill (H.R. 1727) introduced by Rep. Mary Bono (R-CA) that would require that local law enforcement collect information on convicted arsonists and bombers has been approved by the House of Representatives. It is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Legal Report

- A court rules that an employer is responsible for the actions of an employee returning from a conference; however, a fire department is not liable for a sexual assault committed by firefighters. Congress considers legislation on food safety and bioterrorism.

State Legislation: North Carolina: School Violence

- A new law (formerly S.B. 526) in North Carolina requires public schools to establish programs to prevent bullying and harassment. The law requires schools to address physical, verbal, and electronic harassment and to implement procedures for reporting, investigating, and preventing such behavior. The new law states that having an unpopular viewpoint does not constitute bullying or harassment.

State Legislation: Massachusetts: Identity Theft

- New regulations implemented in Massachusetts requiring that companies encrypt documents sent over the Internet or saved on laptops or flash drives have been revised to make the process easier for small businesses. Under the regulations, wirelessly transmitted data must be protected and firewalls must be up to date. The revised regulations are risk-based in implementation, meaning that the administrative, technical, and physical safeguards necessary are based on several factors, such as the size, scope, and type of business; the resources available; the amount of data stored; and the need for security and confidentiality of the information. Businesses in the state must meet the new regulations by March 1, 2010.

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