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Patriot Act

- The Patriot Act reauthorization bill was signed into law (P.L. 109-177) by President Bush one day before 16 key provisions were set to expire. The new law makes permanent 14 of the 16 provisions of the original Patriot Act, which was passed by Congress several months after the 9-11 terrorist attacks.

School security

- A bill (H.B. 1218) before the Missouri House of Representatives would prohibit bullying in schools. The bill would also require that school districts adopt policies against harrassment, intimidation, and bullying.

Campus police

- A new bill (H.B. 154) under consideration in the Virginia Assembly would require that campus police officers immediately notify local law enforcement agencies if a death occurs on campus or an allegation of rape has been made. Campus police and other campus security personnel would be required to participate in any subsequent investigation launched by local law enforcement

Security locks

- A new law (formerly H.B. 2448) in Virginia requires that landlords install new locks or security devices on apartments rented by tenants who have a restraining order against a former cotenant. The tenant must present a copy of the restraining order to the landlord.

Cargo security

- A bill (H.R. 4373) introduced by Rep. Edward Markey (D-MA) would require that the Homeland Security Department establish a system to inspect all cargo transported on passenger aircraft operated by a domestic or foreign air carrier.

Explosives

- A bill (H.R. 4422) introduced by Rep. Christopher Shays (R-CT) would require each state to submit a written report on state agencies that store or keep explosive materials. The report, which would be submitted to the Attorney General at regular intervals, would also note which materials had been transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Campus safety

- A bill (H.R. 4460) introduced by Rep. Vito Fossella (R-NY) would establish a grant program for campuses to install professional fire alarm detection systems or other fire detection and prevention technologies.

Legal Report

- Courts examine investigative techniques used by security officers and a landowner’s responsibility for a contractor’s injuries. Plus, campus safety, cargo security, and disaster management are topics of proposed federal legislation.

Discrimination

- A bill (S.B. 25) under consideration by the Colorado Senate would prohibit sexual orientation and gender discrimination in hiring decisions.

Legal Report

- A landlord may be liable for negligent security, says an Illinois appeals court. Plus, congressional legislation on chemical weapons and tax credits for security expenses related to agricultural chemicals.

Noncompete Agreements

- A new appellate case strengthens the trend of preemptively suing to break a noncompete agreement. William Manuel worked for an Ohio company. He resigned, promising not to work for a competitor, but he had already accepted such a job in Georgia. He then filed a preemptive lawsuit in Georgia, which has laws more favorable to employees in such cases. The Georgia court ruled that the noncompete agreement was unenforceable. A federal appeals court ruled that the Georgia court's decision would stand because the first lawsuit filed in such a case establishes the venue. (Manuel v. Convergys Corporation, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, No. 04-16032, 2005)

Video monitoring

- A new Wyoming law (formerly S.B. 129) makes it a felony to intentionally and surreptitiously record images of people in an enclosed area where they have an expectation of privacy, such as a bathroom, shower, or dressing room.

Drug testing

- In South Carolina, employees become ineligible for unemployment benefits if fired for failing a drug test. A new state law (formerly A.B. 50) requires an employer to prove that it followed certain procedures before firing an employee for failing a drug test. If the company cannot offer such proof, the employee will not be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits.
 




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