08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 5690) introduced by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) would provide grants to public elementary and secondary schools to train nurses on biological and chemical events. Under the bill, nurses would be trained to serve as first responders and crisis managers in the event that their school was hit by a biological or chemical attack or an outbreak of pandemic flu.
Legal Report: Terrorism
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 2764) that would establish an information-sharing program on weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) has passed the House of Representatives and is currently pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.
Legal Report: Drug Control
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 4223) that would enhance penalties for drug counterfeiting has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee. The bill must now be taken up by the full House of Representatives.
Legal Report: Border Security
08/28/2012 - A bill (H.R. 915) that is designed to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico has been approved by the House of Representatives. The bill is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
08/24/2012 - Courts announce decisions on concealed weapons, detention of terrorism suspects, and healthcare privacy, while lawmakers consider bills on border security, counterfeit drugs, and campus security.
Legal Report: Travel Security
07/30/2012 - Two bills, H.R. 4068 and S. 2044, introduced by Rep. Mike D. Rogers (R-AL) and Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) would require the government to study the health effects posed by the use of backscatter x-ray machines at airline checkpoints.
Legal Report: Personnel Protection
07/30/2012 - A bill (S. 241) that would expand protections for whistleblowers reporting misuse of federal funds has been approved by the House Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. The bill would apply to employees working for companies that receive federal funds, including those that have government contracts or receive grants or payments from the government.
07/30/2012 - A bill (S. 2076) that would upgrade security equipment in state and local courthouses has been approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The Senate has not announced whether it will take up the bill. S. 2076 would allow state and local governments to use money from various federal grant programs to improve security at courthouses.
Legal Report: Travel Security
07/30/2012 - A bill (H.R. 3173) that would alter the application and distribution process for the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) has been approved by the House Homeland Security Committee. The House of Representatives has not announced whether it will consider the bill.
Legal Report: Cybercrime
07/30/2012 - A bill (H.R. 2096) that would mandate government cybersecurity efforts has been approved by the House of Representatives. It is currently pending in the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
Legal Report: Legal Issues
07/26/2012 - Courts issue decisions clarifying when individuals can be compelled to turn over computer passwords to law enforcement, and lawmakers consider bills on cybersecurity, transportation, and whistleblowers.
06/27/2012 - A new law signed by Mayor Vincent Gray makes it illegal for employers in the District to discriminate against the unemployed when making hiring decisions. Employers would not be able to consider employment status during hiring decisions and would be barred from mentioning employment status in job advertisements. Employers are also prohibited from retaliating against those who report a violation of the law.
Legal Report: IT Security
06/27/2012 - A bill (H.R. 4257) that would require the federal government to improve its data security procedures has been approved by the House of Representatives. It is now pending in the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee.