Take Action to Limit Online Gaming

U.S. Senators Harry Reid (D-NV) and John Kyl (R-AZ) are advocating legislation that would limit Internet gambling. More importantly for retailers, the legislation would ban the online sale of instant-win lottery tickets. Several years ago, Congress took steps to limit the abuses of Internet gambling and to protect Americans from a rapid explosion of gambling…

PCI Council Publishes Risk Assessment Rules

The Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council issued guidelines last week on the importance of performing an annual risk assessment for those companies that store, process or transmit payment-card information, Network World reports. The “PCI DSS Risk Assessment Guidelines” document explains what’s expected under rule DSS 12.1, which addresses risk assessment. “You need to…

EPA Denies RFS Waiver Request

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week that it would not grant a waiver of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS) because it would only reduce corn prices by approximately 1% and would have no impact on household energy costs. “We recognize that this year’s drought has created hardship in some sectors of the…

Obama administration moves forward to implement health care law, ban discrimination against people with pre-existing conditions

The Obama administration moved forward today to implement provisions in the health care law that would make it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions. The provisions of the Affordable Care Act also would make it easier for consumers to compare health plans and employers to promote and encourage employee wellness.…