Thursday, July 2, 2020

Bills Introduced – 7-1-20

Yesterday with both the House and Senate in session there were 84 bills introduced. Two of those bills may receive additional attention in this blog:

S 4120 A bill to enhance the early warning reporting requirements for motor vehicle manufacturers, and for other purposes. Sen. Markey, Edward J. [D-MA] 

S 4148 A bill to extend the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program of the Department of Homeland Security, and for other purposes. Sen. Johnson, Ron [R-WI] 

I will be watching S 4120 for language and definitions that would include vehicle cybersecurity in the early warning and defect reporting process for motor vehicle safety.

S 4148 is the second CFATS extension bill reported by Johnson this week. It will be interesting to see what modifications have been made to make this bill more palatable to members of the Senate. Unfortunately, the delays at GPO publishing the text of bills means that we probably will not see the text of either bill until it is considered on the floor of the Senate or after the CFATS program expires on July 23rd.

I think that this second bill should lay to rest any idea that Johnson does not generally support the CFATS program.

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