Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Bills Introduced – 07-13-15

There were 22 bills introduced in the House and Senate yesterday. Two of those may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 3038 To provide an extension of Federal-aid highway, highway safety, motor carrier safety, transit, and other programs funded out of the Highway Trust Fund, and for other purposes. Rep. Ryan, Paul [R-WI-1] 

HR 3039 To impose penalties on state-sponsors of cyberattacks, and for other purposes. Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5]

The fact that the GPO has already published a copy of HR 3038 indicates that this is on the fast track for consideration. This is another short-term extension (thru December 18th) of the authorization for various transportation programs. A quick review of the table of contents does not reveal any specific chemical transportation safety or security provisions.

It will be interesting to see what sorts of creative penalties will be proposed by HR 3039 that would not rebound against NSA if imposed by other countries that we are known to have ‘attacked’ by cyber means.

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