05/29/2012 - A bill (S.B. 863) pending before the Michigan Senate would allow the employees of licensed private investigators to carry concealed weapons in restricted areas where average citizens are not allowed to bring firearms. Licensed private investigators are already allowed to carry in restricted areas.
05/21/2012 - The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case challenging the amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which allow the federal government to conduct surveillance without a warrant.
05/14/2012 - The House of Representatives has passed an appropriations bill (H.R. 5326) that provides funding for several agencies but blocks implementation and enforcement of several key programs, including those that deal with age discrimination and the use of arrest and conviction records in preemployment screening.
04/27/2012 - The government has declined to prosecute Morgan Stanley under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act after an employee engaged in a corruption scheme in China. The agencies found that Morgan Stanley’s FCPA compliance program was so robust that the employee had to circumvent numerous internal controls to commit the crime.
03/23/2012 - 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.
02/29/2012 - Colorado post offices say more people are trying to mail marijuana out of state. Court rules that "test on arrest" policy doesn't violate the Fourth Amendment. A government agency has approved identity theft rules for publication. And more.
02/28/2012 - In a dispute over the accuracy of government intelligence reports, a federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court erred when it refused to accept such a report in the case of a Guantanamo detainee. By accepting the report, the court noted, the burden of proof correctly shifts to the plaintiff to prove that the facts are incorrect.
02/28/2012 - The Cruise Vessel Security and Safety Act (CVSSA) of 2010 imposes safety and security requirements, the majority of which are now in effect, on cruise lines that do business in the United States. Read the legislation online.