State and local government agencies will be required to notify the public of data breaches involving personal information within one week under legislation, SB 162, approved by the Senate

Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi, R-Delaware, said he drafted the measure after reports of three separate thefts of state-owned computers containing personal information. Although those computers included at least 17,800 Social Security numbers and other personal information of approximately 400,000 state residents, the state agencies involved did not notify the public until two or three weeks after the incidents.

"There's no good reason for a government agency to wait for two or three weeks after a data breach to let the public know," Pileggi said in a statement. "We have an obligation to let potentially affected residents know as soon as possible when personal information is stolen so they can take steps to protect themselves from identity theft."

Licensing of PA Trademark For Ag Products Approved

The Senate cleared legislation, HB 1424, that provides for the licensing and use of the PA Preferred® trademark for Pennsylvania’s agricultural products. The bill now goes to the Governor.

State Rep. Stephen Bloom, R-Cumberland, the sponsor of the bill, said that the bill (Pennsylvania Preferred Act) requires the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture (PDA) to acquire, register, license, protect and promote the PA Preferred® trademark for use in the sale and promotion of Pennsylvania-produced products.