U.S. Privacy Related Bills Introduced February 15 & 16

Before the U.S. House adjourned Febuary 16 and the Senate adjourned February 17 for a week-long recess, they submitted some bills with privacy impacts.

In the Senate:
February 15: Travel Documents: S. 653, sponsored by Voinovich, to expand the visa waiver program to countries on a probationary basis, and for other purposes; sent to Judiciary.
In the House:
February 15: Background checks: H.R. 1079 , sponsored by Carnahan, to amend Title 49, U.S. Code, to limit fees imposed in connection with background checks for the issuance of licenses to operate a motor vehicle transporting a hazardous material, and for other purposes; jointly sent to Homeland Security and Transportation.
February 16: Driver’s licenses: H.R. 1117, sponsored by Allen, to repeal Title II of the REAL ID Act of 2005, to reinstitute section 7212 of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004, which provides states additional regulatory flexibility and funding authorization to more rapidly produce tamper- and counterfeit-resistant driver’s licenses and to protect privacy and civil liberties by providing interested stakeholders on a negotiated rulemaking with guidance to achieve improved 21st century licenses to improve national security; jointly to Oversight & Government Reform and Judiciary.
February 16: Aviation: H.R. 1167, sponsored by McCarthy, to increase public safety and reduce the threat to domestic security by including persons who may be prevented from boarding an aircraft in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, and for other purposes; sent to Judiciary.

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