Rep. Charles B. Rangel [D-NY-15] has asked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for a leave of absence from his position as chairman of powerful Committee on Ways and Means due to recent findings of the House Ethics Committee. Congressman Rangel, 79, a twenty term member of Congress, has long been regarded as one of its most powerful members. This committee has often had jurisdiction over issues of concern to investigative professionals and over the years the ISPLA’s director of government relations has submitted testimony in opposition to SSN ban legislation before it. Stay tuned…
And in the Senate…
S. 3037, “Enhancing Oversight and Security at United States Missions Act of 2010”, a bill to increase oversight of private security contractors and establish the proper ratio of U.S. Government security personnel to private security contractors at U.S. missions where Armed Forces are engaged in conflict operations was introduced February 24th by Sen. Claire McCaskill [D-MO]. It is cosponsored by Sen. Russell D. Feingold [D-WI] and Sen. Patrick B. Leahy [D-VT] and has been referred to the Committee of Foreign Relations.
S 2950, “Criminal History Background Checks Pilot Extension Act of 2009”, a bill extension sponsored by Sen. Charles E. Schumer [D-NY], was passed by the House and Senate to amend the Protect Act to extend by 14 months the Child Safety Pilot Program allowing certain volunteer organizations to obtain national and state criminal history checks on their volunteers. It became Public Law No.: 111-143 on March 1.
S 3029, “StartUp Visa Act of 2010”, was introduced on February 24th by Sen. John F. Kerry [D-MA] and cosponsored by Sen. Richard G. Lugar [R-IN] and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. The purpose of the bill is to establish an employment-based visa for alien entrepreneurs who have received significant capital from investors to establish a business in the U.S.
In the U.S. Supreme Court…
The U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to extend the Second Amendment guarantee of a right to own a gun, according to an ABA publication reviewed today. But the high court in McDonald v. City of Chicago also seems likely to allow municipalities some authority to regulate that right. The dominant sentiment on the court may be to extend the amendment beyond the federal level, based on the 14th Amendment’s guarantee of “due process.”
The focus of the court’s initial debate may be how extensively the right to keep and bear arms should be spelled out. “An attempt by an attorney for the cities of Chicago and Oak Park , Ill. , defending local bans on handguns in those communities, to prevent any application of the constitutional gun right to states, counties and cities looked forlorn and even doomed.”
ISPLA has previously commented on this case as well as the Supreme Court case of DC v Heller in which Al Cavasin, Peter Psarouthakis and Bruce Hulme, all now members of ISPLA’s Executive Committee, were instrumental in persuading several state and national investigative and security associations to join in an amicus brief on behalf of a District of Columbia security officer. The 2008 successful verdict in that litigation became the precursor to the current Supreme Court case of McDonald v. City of Chicago
A Final Comment…
President Obama today endorsed reconciliation, a tactic he plans to use to push his healthcare overhaul wherein passage may be accomplished by simple majority. In such a scenario the House passes the health bill passed in the Senate and the Senate then uses reconciliation to pass fixes in the bill agreeable to the House thus thereby passing Republicans and eliminating their ability to filibuster passing the changes with just a simple majority vote.
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