FBI Director James Comey has publicly chastised tech companies for installing automatic encryption into their devices and has urged Congress to pass legislation that would prohibit it.
In an age of increased privacy concerns, there is no way that Congress would pass a bill to give the government greater access to electronic communications, said Patrick Eddington, the Cato Institute's policy analyst for homeland security and civil liberties."The mass surveillance that the NSA and FBI have developed didn't stop the underwear bomber, the Boston Marathon bomber or the shootings at Fort Hood," he said.
The bill is supported by Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa, Master Builders of Iowa, Associated General Contractors of Iowa, the Iowa Association of Business and Industry, Iowans for Tax Relief, and others.
The measure is opposed by the Iowa State Association of Counties, Iowa League of Cities, Polk County Board of Supervisors, Laborers International Union of North America, Iowa State Building & Construction Trades Council, and a host of other union organizations.
Supporters of project labor agreements say they ensure that workers are paid fair wages and that construction work is completed on time and on budget.
Non-union contractors contend project labor agreements impede open, fair and competitive bidding in taxpayer-funded construction projects by requiring union construction workers.
Proponents such as Garofalo have said the intent is to create uniformity in employment regulations from city to city.
The issue, which will come up this spring as part of the debate over whether to reauthorize the Patriot Act, underscores a growing struggle between federal law enforcement agencies and the tech industry over data encryption.
All of those efforts would fall by the wayside if House File 600, otherwise known as the Uniform Labor Standards Act — or pre-emption bill — becomes law.
The bill, which has 35 Republican authors in the House, blocks cities from mandating a higher minimum wage or greater sick leave and scheduling benefits than what's required by the state of Minnesota.
The final regulations governing mandatory nurse overtime became effective October 12, 2011.
To review the regulations please visit the Legal section of the Department's website.