NCISS LEGISLATIVE UPDATE September 26, 2000

NCISS members had a very successful foray to Capitol Hill last week carrying
our message to Congress. After a briefing by NCISS lobbyist Larry Sabbath,
the lobbying contingent which included representatives from many states and
NALI, targeted three primary sets of legislation which appeared to have a
chance of being passed by Congress in the waning days of the session. Here
is the situation as we know it now and which could change in a blink of an
eye:

HR 3408, our sponsored bill to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act, will not
likely be passed this session. But author Pete Sessions, R-TX, has pledged
to reintroduce the bill in January and hopes for passage early in 2001. We
believe the bill will pass in some form next year, but the devil is in the
details. William Asher led a Texas contingent of eight investigators who
blanketed every Texas congressional office. Investigators from every state
should be writing to their Representative asking for co-sponsorship as soon
as we get a new bill in January.

S2328 / HR 4311 have been slowed as a result of our lobbying and letter
writing campaigns. It is possible they could move this session, but that
appears unlikely since we and our allies have raised significant questions
about the unintended consequences of what is billed as relief for identity
theft victims. Last Thursday, nearly 800 letters were hand carried to
Senator Feinstein's office and presented to her staff. NCISS is particularly
grateful for the efforts of NCISS Vice President Buddy Bombet, Director and
CALI President Francie Koehler, and NALI Legislative Chairman and NCISS
Legislative Committee member Robert Townsend and the many who rushed in their
letters. We should also mention that thanks to the testimony of NCISS Past
President and ALDONYS Legislative Chairman Bruce Hulme at a hearing before
the House Banking Committee on September 13, 2000, HR 4311 was already pulled
from the fast track for reconsideration. (See accompanying article about
credit headers)

S 2876 / HR 4857 also appear to be slowed down thanks to your letters and our
lobbying efforts. These bills would ban the sale or purchase of a social
security number and thus are fraught with problems not just for credit
headers, but for any report or data base containing the numbers. HR 4857 is
being considered by three separate committees in the House and it is unlikely
that they will pass them this session. The situation just two weeks ago was
quite different, and this emphasizes the importance of our letters and
lobbying.

We need to continue sending letters on all of these bills, to keep the
pressure on and to serve as a reminder that our arguments should be
considered when they reenter the legislation next year, as they surely will.