Friday, June 28, 2013

Bills Introduced – 6-27-13

As we get closer to the summer recess we see an increase in the number of bills introduced as many congress critters want to be able to brag about their efforts supporting their constituents during their many speeches and public appearances during their summer break. The five bills that I have identified as being of potential interest to the chemical security/safety and cybersecurity communities only contains one sure bet, HR 2556, but the remainder may contain provisions of interest or may have such provisions added during the legislative process.

The bills from yesterday include:

S 1243 Latest Title: An original bill making appropriations for the Departments of Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Murray, Patty (D,WA)

S 1244 Latest Title: An original bill making appropriations for Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies programs for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2014, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Sen Pryor, Mark L. (D.AR)

HR 2536 Latest Title: To amend the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 to strengthen elementary and secondary computer science education, and for other purposes.  Sponsor: Rep Brooks, Susan W. (R,IN)

HR 2537 Latest Title: To amend title 49, United States Code, with respect to employee protective arrangements, and for other purposes. Sponsor: Rep Gingrey, Phil (R,GA)

HR 2556 Latest Title: To provide for the establishment of Vertical Centers of Excellence on Cybersecurity to create solutions to, and promote best practices for, industry-specific cybersecurity challenges. Sponsor: Rep Honda, Michael M. (D,CA)

HR 2536 is the iffiest of the five, but I would like to think that any real computer science education program in today’s world would include cybersecurity.

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