Congressional Legislation. (Legal Reporter)

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Congressional Legislation. (Legal Reporter)


Anderson, Teresa, Security Management


Computer security. A bill (H.R. 3394) introduced by Rep. Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) that would establish grant programs for computer and network security research has been approved by the House of Representatives. The grants would be awarded for research on innovative approaches to computer and network hardware and software designed to increase computer security. Examples of such research include cryptography, computer forensics, and intrusion detection. In addition to establishing grants, the bill would provide monetary assistance to colleges and universities that enter into partnerships with companies to conduct computer security research. The bill is now pending in the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

Explosives regulation. A bill (S. 1956) introduced by Sen. Herb Kohl (D-WI) would restrict permits for the purchase of explosives. Under the bill, only those foreigners who are lawfully admitted for permanent residence would be allowed to hold a permit to own or use explosives. Others restricted from holding licenses would be those dishonorably discharged from the U.S. armed forces and those who have renounced U.S. citizenship.

Exceptions are made for foreign law enforcement officers from friendly governments, members of NATO or friendly foreign military forces, and certain managers working on behalf of foreign corporations. The bill also sets out penalties for failure to report explosives theft. Under the bill, a permit holder who knows that explosives have been stolen would be required to report the theft to the government within 24 hours. Failure to do so could result in fines of up to $10,000 and sentences of up to five years in prison.

S. 1956 has three cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

ATM security. A bill (H.R. 3662) introduced by Rep. Steve Rothman (D-NJ) would require the Federal Reserve System to adopt mandatory minimum requirements for the security of automated teller machines (ATMs). ATM owners would have to develop measures to discourage robberies and assist in identifying perpetrators. Other ATM security measures to be required would include adequate lighting, CCTV cameras, maintenance of surveillance records, and alarm systems.

H.R. 3662 has five cosponsors and has been referred to the House Financial Services Committee.

Terrorism. A bill (H.R. 3483) introduced by Rep. Stephen Horn (R-CA) would expedite security clearances for certain persons so that information on terrorism could be easily shared among law enforcement agencies. Some of the individuals given clearances would include governors, local and state law enforcement officers participating in counterterrorism task forces, and chiefs, commissioners, sheriffs or other officials who head state or local agencies participating in such task forces.

H.R. 3483 has four cosponsors and has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Crime.

Privacy. A bill (S. 1928) introduced by Sen. Paul Wellstone (D-MN) would require that telecommunications carriers obtain affirmative written consent from customers before releasing proprietary information. Currently, approval is required but it need not be in writing.

S. 1928 has no cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee.

CCTV. A bill (H.R. 3726) introduced by Rep. …

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