Friday, July 8, 2022

Bills Introduced – 7-7-22

Yesterday, with the House and Senate meeting in pro forma session, there were 26 bills introduced. One of those bills may receive additional attention here:

HR 8299 - To allow for devices with a predetermined change control plan to be marketed without submitting a supplemental application or premarket notification if the changes to such devices are consistent with such plan. Rep. Bilirakis, Gus M. [R-FL-12]

I will be watching this bill for language and definitions that would indicate that cybersecurity related software changes are included within the scope of the bill.

Legislation in Passing

I would like to note that there were four bills introduced yesterday that addressed grid resiliency and security issues. These are not bills that will be covered here but may be of interest to some of my readers.

HR 8302 To direct the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to issue a rule enhancing Regional Transmission Organization and Independent System Operator independence and responsiveness, and for other purposes. Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6]

HR 8303 To provide for minimum transfer capability requirements between transmission planning regions, and for other purposes. Rep. Casten, Sean [D-IL-6]

HR 8311 To require the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Department of Energy, and the Electric Reliability Organization to jointly submit to Congress the results of a study on the need for, and feasibility of, establishing or modifying a reliability standard to ensure the reliable operation of thermoelectric power plants during droughts, and for other purposes. Rep. McNerney, Jerry [D-CA-9]

HR 8312 To direct the Secretary of Energy to establish a Natural Disaster Grid Mitigation Map that identifies critical electric grid infrastructure that is vulnerable to natural disasters, and for other purposes. Rep. O'Halleran, Tom [D-AZ-1] 

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