Friday, March 2, 2012

S 2151 Introduced – Alternative Cybersecurity Legislation

Yesterday, as he promised during the hearing on S 2105, Sen. McCain (R,AZ) introduced S 2151 yesterday as an alternative method of regulating cybersecurity issues. McCain’s bill is not yet available on the GPO web site (nor anywhere else that I have looked in a cursory search) so I can’t really comment on the provisions of the bill. To see what the various sponsors think the bill says you can look at the press release on McCain’s Senate website.

An interesting procedural note; when the bill was introduced it was referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation for action, not the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. These two committees kind of share responsibility for cybersecurity issues in the Senate, so it isn’t too much out of the ordinary.

In the normal course of events one would suppose that the two bills being referred to two different committees would be a sign of a jurisdictional fight between them. That probably isn’t the case here as Chairman Rockefeller was a cosponsor of S 2105 and testified on its behalf before the Homeland Security Committee.

The bill will probably be available next week and I’ll take a detailed look at it then.

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