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Consumer Security Breach, Breast Cancer Info Bills Clear Kentucky House

Consumer security breach bill heads to Senate

A bill designed to protect Kentucky consumers from attacks on their personal and financial information following 2013’s massive Target security breach passed the House Monday 75-16.

House Bill 232, sponsored by Rep. Steve Riggs, D-Louisville, would require businesses, corporations, and state or local government entities to notify their consumers immediately of any unauthorized acquisition of a consumer’s personal or financial information.

In the case of a massive breach like the one that affected Target’s customers, the proposal would also require that the company contact all consumer reporting agencies and credit bureaus that maintain files on consumers nationwide. Notification could only be delayed “if a law enforcement agency determines that the notification will impede a criminal investigation,” according to the legislation.

The legislation would not apply to HIPAA-related information, or in cases where there is a breach of personal information subject to the federal Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act—a federal law that applies to commercial banks, investment banks, securities, and insurance companies.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

Breast cancer information bill clears House, 95-0

Information about breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, surgery, and reconstructive options would be published on a state website under a bill that has cleared the House Friday.

The information would be published on the Department for Public Health’s website by this Dec. 31 if House Bill 123 becomes law. The bill would also require physicians to provide information about the website to breast cancer patients.

“There’s so much out there in the techniques, and in the procedures that can help aid these women, both in their surgery, and also in their reconstruction surgery,” said Rep. Richard Henderson, D-Mt. Sterling, the sponsor of HB 123.

The bill passed the House by a vote of 95-0, with many lawmakers casting their vote in honor or memory of someone who had been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The bill now goes to the Senate.

From the Legislative Research Commission