Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Bills Introduced – 12-08-15

With both the House and Senate in session yesterday there were 27 bills introduced. Of those, three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 4187 To require certain entities who collect and maintain personal information of individuals to secure such information and to provide notice to such individuals in the case of a breach of security involving such information, and for other purposes. Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9]

HR 4188 Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015. Rep. Hunter, Duncan D. [R-CA-50]

S 2372 A bill to require reporting of terrorist activities and the unlawful distribution of information relating to explosives, and for other purposes. Sen. Feinstein, Dianne [D-CA] 

HR 4187 is yet another breach notification bill. I’ll check it for any ICS references (unlikely) otherwise it probably will not get mentioned again.

The CG Authorization Act has already been published by the GAO (an indication that the House leadership intends to move forward with consideration sooner rather than later). A quick check of the section listings shows no specific mention of chemical safety, chemical security or MTSA so I will not be doing my normal analysis of the bill. I will, however, keep an eye on it as it meanders through the legislative process for any interesting amendments.

The Feinstein bill is not one that I would typically cover in this blog, but it does strike a personal cord as it looks like it is one of those knee jerk reactions to terrorist attacks that cause so many unforeseen problems down the line. The fact that Feinstein is the Ranking Member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and her co-sponsor is the Chair means that this bill is likely to be going places.

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