08/06/2007 - A bill (S. 276) introduced by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is designed to curb document fraud by making it illegal for anyone to produce, issue, or transfer more than ten legitimate passports without permission from the government. Forging, counterfeiting, or altering passports and making ten or more false applications for passports would be punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
08/06/2007 - A bill (H.R. 599) that would streamline the certification process under the SAFETY Act, which provides legal immunity for the use of certified products, has been approved by the House of Representatives and is currently under consideration in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
08/06/2007 - A bill (H.R. 592), introduced by Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), would require colleges and universities that receive federal funds to provide an annual fire-safety report to all current students and employees, and to any applicant upon request. The report would contain specific information about the fire-safety practices and standards of that institution.
08/06/2007 - A bill (S. 358) introduced by Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-WA) would prohibit discrimination based on genetic information has been approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee.
08/06/2007 - A bill (S. 509), introduced by Sen. Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), that would require screening of cargo on passenger airplanes has been approved by the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. The Senate has agreed to consider the bill.
08/06/2007 - Courthouse security. A bill (S. 378) to increase courthouse security has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require that the U.S. Marshals Service offer ongoing security advice to the judiciary.