Yesterday the Senate took up S
2520, the State and Local Government Cybersecurity Act of 2021 under the
Senate’s unanimous consent process. The reported
version of the bill was withdrawn and the Senate took up an amendment (SA
4898) in the form of a substitute. In this case the language considered was
very close to the reported version of the bill. The bill was passed with no debate
and no vote.
The only revision of significance (and not much of that
here) is found in the proposed amendment to 6 USC 659. In §659(p)(1)(E)(vii)
the new language adds at the end of the clause: “including, as appropriate,
information produced by other Federal agencies;” in describing the
additional information to be shared with State, local and Tribal governments.
As with S
2201 that I described earlier in the day, this bill is now in the hands of
the House. If the bill is taken up (no guarantees of that), it is likely to be considered
under the House suspension of the rules process. It would likely pass with
strong bipartisan support.