NEWS & ANALYSIS

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Assault Weapons Ban

Witnesses before the Senate Judiciary Committee testified in support of S. 150, which would ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition.

House Passes Bill to Continue Countermeasures Funding

The House of Representatives on Tuesday approved a bill that would continue funding government development of nuclear, chemical, and biological countermeasures.

Lawmakers Introduce 10 Firearms Bills in 10 Days

While most of the measures aim to reduce this violence by controlling ammunition or access to automatic weapons, two bills take the opposite approach and would allow concealed weapons on school grounds.

President Approves New Laws on Trade Secrets and Surveillance

The 113th Congress is officially underway. However, some old business from the 112th Congress is only now reaching President Barack Obama’s desk. He recently signed two bills, one on trade secrets and one on surveillance, into law.

Bills on Maritime Security and Baggage Screening Await President Obama's Signature

Congress has presented a Coast Guard authorization bill and a bill on airline baggage screening to President Obama for his signature. The President is expected to sign both measures into law.

New Federal Laws Address Whistleblowers and Border Security

President Barack Obama recently signed two bills into law. One of the laws improves security along the U.S. border with Mexico while the other expands whistleblower protections for federal employees.

Government Takes Steps to Address Discrimination Against Pregnant Employees

A new bill would require employers to accommodate the limitations of pregnant workers and the EEOC makes pregnancy discrimination a key part of it’s strategic plan for 2012-2016.

Lawmakers Hold Hearing on Domestic Terrorism

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing last week to explore domestic terrorism in light of the shooting in a Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, in August. Lawmakers asked witnesses to discuss the rise of hate crimes and domestic terrorism, as well as share ways the government can combat such threats.

Whistleblower Bills Would Protect Private Sector Employees

Two bills introduced in Congress last week would extend protection to whistleblowers who expose mismanagement, fraud, or abuse in the private sector.

Cybersecurity Legislation Revised in Light of Opposition

Sen. Joe Lieberman has revised a bill to make mandatory cybersecurity provisions optional. Lieberman submitted the revised bill in hopes of getting Senate approval.
 




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