Legislation and Meeting Updates from NCISS
- July 10, 2015
- by PInow Staff
Legislative Watch - Security & Investigations
Protecting Consumers and Commerce in the Internet Age
The Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade Subcommittee manages the modern manifestation of the committee's historic role overseeing interstate and foreign commerce. Today, that commerce increasingly occurs in cyberspace, which is why the committee and the CMT subcommittee in particular will be focused on data security and the implications of cyber threats to American commerce.
Calls to Action through the State Legislative Advocacy Hub
In April the Florida Association of Licensed Investigators learned of a 'Midnight Amendment' on two bills - drone and GPS regulation - that would severely limit their use, or worse, prohibit private investigators completely. Being too late to act in the legislature, the only course of action was to contact Florida's Governor Scott for a veto. FALI and NCISS members from around the country rallied and sent letters. Unfortunately, one bill has been signed and the other is still making its way to the governor.
Similarly, the Texas Association of Licensed Investigators learned of a bill that would restrict the access to accident reports. Having the support of trial lawyers, TALI was unable to get an amendment to the bill.
Efforts by FALI and TALI, with the support of NCISS, will continue into the next legislative sessions. The actions of FALI, TALI and NCISS members is greatly appreciated.
Drone Bill in Colorado Morphs to Emerging Technology Privacy
The so called "drone bill" in Colorado which morphed into an "emerging technology bill" has been killed. This bill could have been a significant issue to surveillance investigators as well as other fields in the investigative profession. The Professional Private Investigators Association of Colorado had been watching this and giving input since it came out of it's first committee in the House of Representatives. PPIAC were the only ones with representation from the investigative profession that testified in a Senate committee and it definitely made a difference. The Senate sponsors heard the problems we presented and, in the end, the sponsors themselves killed the bill. However they vowed to bring back another form of the bill next year.
Read the full NCISS / Lobbyit Updates - http://conta.cc/ZoQsTl
HTH Highlight - Meeting with Senate Commerce Committee
In the afternoon, Lobbyit took NCISS leadership to meet with senior counsel on the Senate Commerce Committee to discuss data privacy and drone legislation. We learned that they had no intention to sweep up private detectives into the data broker definition, but were looking to regulate those businesses who make money from aggregating, packaging and selling consumer data to third parties.
NCISS continues to show leadership and its commitment to State Association outreach with the release of the new Advocacy Hub (AH). The AH is a wonderful tool for State Associations to monitor legislation effecting their state. The AH not only identifies certain pieces legislation, it can be helpful with call to action letters from your members to your Congressional and House Representatives.
The AH will continue to add more features as we learn more about the issues that have an impact on your business. The AH link can be found our website, via this short link http://goo.gl/QSCcgc.
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