Friday, February 16, 2018

Bills Introduced – 02-15-18

With the Senate heading home for a week in district (and the House preparing to do the same) there were 65 bills introduced yesterday. Of those, four may be of specific interest to readers of this blog:

HR 5040 To authorize the President to control the export, reexport, and transfer of commodities, software, and technology to protect the national security, and to promote the foreign policy, of the United States, and for other purposes. Rep. Royce, Edward R. [R-CA-39]

S 2444 A bill to provide for enhanced energy grid security. Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

S 2445 A bill to provide for the modernization of the electric grid, and for other purposes. Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA] 

S 2447 A bill to accelerate smart building development, and for other purposes. Sen. Cantwell, Maria [D-WA]

With all of these bills I will be looking for control system cybersecurity issues in determining whether or not to continue coverage of the bill in this blog. I suspect hat S 2444 has the highest chance of future coverage.

As always, the large number of bills introduced before an extended stay outside of Washington is seldom due to an increased interest in legislative activity. Most of the bills introduced yesterday will receive no consideration on the Hill. Most are introduced to allow the submitter to claim to be taking action of interest in speaking before organizations and financial supporters back home.

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