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State Legislation: Nebraska: Identity Theft

- Nebraska legislators have enacted a law (formerly H.B. 155) establishing new identity theft crimes. Under the law, knowingly providing false personal identifying information or a false identification document to a court or law enforcement officer is a felony. Knowingly providing such false information to a prospective employer with the goal of gaining employment is a misdemeanor.

State Legislation: Washington: Background Checks

- A new law in Washington State (formerly H.B. 1844) requires that state employees who are responsible for issuing drivers’ licenses, vehicle licenses, or state IDs undergo a criminal background check. The checks will be required before a person is hired and repeated every five years for current employees.

State Legislation: Utah: Background Checks

- A new law (formerly H.B. 289) enacted in Utah would allow the state to conduct criminal records checks of volunteers who provide services to vulnerable adults.

State Legislation: Georgia: Noncompete Agreements

- A new law (formerly H.B. 173) would make noncompete agreements legal in Georgia if agreed to by the public in a referendum. The law is not allowed under the Georgia Constitution so, to take effect, it requires a public vote to change the constitution, Under the law, a former employee could be restricted from conducting activity that would compete with a former employer for a certain amount of time and within a specific geographic location. Former employees could also be prohibited from hiring or attempting to hire employees away from a former employer.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Airport Screening

- An amendment to the appropriations bill for the Transportation Security Administration (H.R. 2200) would limit the use of whole-body imaging technology for airport screening.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Food Safety

- A bill (H.R. 2749) that would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) greater regulatory powers over the U.S. food supply has been approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health. The bill now faces a vote before the full committee.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Chemical Facilities

- A bill (H.R. 2868) intended to increase security at chemical facilities has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. It is now pending in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Legal Report

- The strip search of a middle school student is unconstitutional; plus legislation on chemical facilities, food safety, and airport screening.

House Votes to Give More Power to FDA to Protect Food Supply

- The recent rash of tainted spinach, peanuts, and hot peppers led the House of Representatives yesterday to pass the first modernization of the U.S. food safety system in decades.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Sprinkler Systems

- A bill (H.R. 1194) introduced by Rep. James Langevin (D-RI) would provide tax breaks for companies that install automatic fire sprinkler systems. Under the bill, the systems would be counted as five-year property for depreciation purposes. The measure would be retroactive, applying to systems put in place after April 11, 2003.

Legal Report

- Court rulings on negligent hiring, religious discrimination, and trade secrets; plus legislation on whistleblowers, bioterrorism, and cybersecurity.

State Legislation: Illinois: Trade Secrets

- A bill (S.B. 2149) introduced in Illinois would amend the state’s trade secrets act to prevent litigants in trade secrets cases from redefining what they consider to be intellectual property in the middle of a trial. This tactic has been used to hide information from opposing counsel.

U.S. Congressional Legislation: Whistleblowers

- A provision of the recently approved economic stimulus law (P.L. 111-16) requires that nonfederal employers who receive stimulus money implement whistleblower protection programs.
 




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