Friday, September 23, 2016

Bills Introduced – 09-22-16

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 73 bills introduced reflecting the impending (if currently unknown date) shutdown of Congress for the remainder of the election season. Most of the bills introduced yesterday (and for the remainder of the month) are re-election tools not real attempts to enact legislation. Of those bills three may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 6116 To enable needed drinking water standards, reduce lead in drinking water, plan for and address threats from climate change, terrorism, and source water contamination, invest in drinking water infrastructure, increase compliance with drinking water standards, foster greater community right to know about drinking water quality, and promote technological solutions for drinking water challenges. Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6]

HR 6121 To amend the Safe Drinking Water Act with respect to climate resiliency, security, and source water protection planning, and for other purposes. Rep. Capps, Lois [D-CA-24]

HR 6134 To establish a National TechCorps program, and for other purposes. Rep. Bera, Ami [D-CA-7]

HR 6116 and HR 6121 are only two of a number of bills about public water systems, but they are the only two to specifically mention ‘security’ in their description blurb. I will specifically be watching these two for chemical security or cybersecurity measures, but I’m not holding my breath.

The National TechCorps will only be of interest hear if it specifically deals with cybersecurity matters.

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