Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Bills Introduced – 2-5-24

Yesterday, with both the House and Senate in Washington, there were 36 bills introduce. Three of those bills may receive additional coverage in this blog:

HR 7223 To require the Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration of the United States to develop guidelines to improve returning citizens' access to the Transportation Worker Identification Credential program, to assist individuals in custody of Federal, State, and local prisons in pre-applying or preparing applications for Transportation Worker Identification Credential cards, and to assist individuals requesting an appeal or waiver of preliminary determination of ineligibility, and for other purposes. Carter, Troy [Rep.-D-LA-2] 

HR 7237 To direct the Secretary of Transportation to establish a grant program to construct barriers near rail lines that are adjacent to a residential structure, and for other purposes. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [Del.-D-DC-At Large]

HR 7241 To amend the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act to establish an emergency preparedness and response technical assistance program to assist entities that operate rural water or wastewater systems in preparing for and responding to natural or man-made disasters. Stauber, Pete [Rep.-R-MN-8]

I will be covering HR 7223. The perennial questions, does completion of a period of incarceration mean that the individual has adequately ‘paid’ for their crimes and should be encouraged and allowed to become a productive member of society? Lots of room for debate here. I do not expect to see that debate in the 118th Congress.

I will be watching HR 7237 to see if these are derailment-protection barriers.

I will be watching HR 7241 for definitions or language that includes cybersecurity incidents within the scope of the proposed grant program. 

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