Friday, March 29, 2019

Bills Introduced – 03-28-19

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 106 bills introduced. Two of these may see future coverage in this blog:

HR 1975 To establish in the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency of the Department of Homeland Security a Chief Information Security Officer Advisory Committee. Rep. Katko, John [R-NY-24] 

S 954 A bill to provide grants to State, local, territorial, and Tribal law enforcement agencies to purchase chemical screening devices and train personnel to use chemical screening devices in order to enhance law enforcement efficiency and protect law enforcement officers. Sen. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH]

CISO’s typically have responsibility for operational technology in addition to information technology. It will be interesting to see if the definitions used in HR 1975 reflect that dichotomy.

I suspect that this bill will contain language specifying fentanyl detection. While detection of that dangerous (toxic) drug is certainly important to law enforcement officers, I will be watching for language that includes a broader array of toxic chemical detections in the grant program.

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