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Trespassing

- A new law (P.L. 112-98) strengthens penalties for trespassing on certain federal properties. Current federal law prohibits unauthorized entry to any building or grounds where the President is visiting. However, there was no federal law specifically prohibiting unlawful entry to the White House and its grounds or the vice president’s residence and its grounds.

Legal Report

- Courts issue decisions on vicarious liability and immunity for security officers, and lawmakers consider bills on trespassing, whistleblowers, and data security.

First Responders

- A bill (S.B. 55) in the Kentucky legislature would permit jurisdictions in the state to enter into mutual-aid agreements with other states to share first-responder personnel in case of an emergency. The bill would also extend the same immunity to these first responders as is afforded to those from within Kentucky.

Trade Secrets

- A New Jersey law (formerly A.B. 921) establishes the protection of trade secrets and establishes penalties for violation of the law. The law is a version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, adopted by most U.S. states. (New York, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Texas are the only states that have yet to adopt a similar law.)

Cybercrime

- A bill (S. 1469) introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) would require that the federal government provide an annual report to Congress on cybercrime directed at the United States by foreign countries.

Expungement

- A bill (H.R. 2065) introduced by Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) would amend the federal criminal code to allow an individual to have a nonviolent criminal conviction expunged in certain circumstances.

Employment

- A bill (H.R. 2501) introduced by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) would make it illegal for employers to discriminate against unemployed applicants. The bill would also prohibit advertising a job and indicating that unemployed status is a disqualification.

Border Security

- A new law (P.L. 112-93) will extend an existing border security program. Under the program, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security identify equipment and technology that could also be used by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to combat illicit trafficking across the U.S. borders with Mexico and with Canada. The bill specifically notes that information should be shared on how to detect and track ultralight aircraft.

Legal Report

- A state appeals court rules that an employer did not violate privacy when it tracked a worker with a GPS unit; and lawmakers consider bills on issues such as border security, criminal activity, and cybercrime.

Port Security

- A new law (formerly H.B. 283) addresses inconsistences between state and federal port security regulations. In 2000, Florida enacted a port security law to address criminal activity in the state’s seaports. However, the federal seaport security standards enacted after the 9-11 attacks, preempted some aspects of the state’s provisions. The ports were also duplicating their efforts on some measures.

Supply Chains

- A new law (formerly S.B. 657) in California requires that companies doing business in the state disclose their efforts to eradicate slave labor and human trafficking from their supply chains.

Preparedness

- A bill (H.R. 2405) that would reauthorize an appropriations bill designed to aid in pandemic preparedness has been approved by the House of Representatives. The measure is now pending in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.

Weapons

- A bill (H.R. 822) that would require states to honor the concealed weapons permits of other states has been approved by the House of Representatives. The bill is now pending in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
 




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