Thursday, June 4, 2015

Bills Introduced – 06-03-15

Yesterday there were 47 bills introduced in the House and Senate. Four of those bills may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 2631 To require notice and comment for certain interpretive rules. Rep. Russell, Steve [R-OK-5]

HR 2636 To require a study on the public health and environmental impacts of the production, transportation, storage, and use of petroleum coke, and for other purposes. Rep. Kelly, Robin L. [D-IL-2]

S 1487 A bill to require notice and comment for certain interpretative rules. Sen. Daines, Steve [R-MT]

S 1499 A bill to amend title 23, United States Code, to provide eligibility under certain highway programs for projects for the installation of vehicle-to-infrastructure communication equipment, and for... Sen. Peters, Gary C. [D-MI]

I don’t normally cover bills dealing with administrative matters, but since there has been a bit  of a controversy over the NPMR for the Wassenaar cybersecurity rule that was not required to undergo a ‘notice and comment’ process I thought that it might be appropriate to watch HR 2631 and S 1487 to see if they would have an impact on future rules like this.

HR 2636 addresses an issue that is apparently important in Michigan. Bills on this topic were introduced last session {S 1388, introduced by Sen. Levin, Retired – and – HR 2298, introduced by Rep. Peters, now Senator, (D,MI)}. Those bills did not go anywhere last session and HR 2636 probably will not advance in this session either. We are likely to see a companion bill from Peters.

I will be watching S 1499 for potential (or more probably lack of) cybersecurity provisions.

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