Gov. Charlie Baker said Friday he is on board with encouraging schools to verbally screen students for substance use, a strategy pushed by Sen. Jennifer Flanagan and part of legislation set for debate next week in the Senate.
On Friday, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means reported out legislation that would require school districts to verbally screen seventh- and 10th-grade students for signs of addiction and at-risk behavior, while allowing children or their guardians to opt out. Information gleaned from screenings would be protected from subpoena, under the legislation.
Ending bulk-data collection will significantly hurt the National Security Agency’s operational capabilities, NSA Director Admiral Michael Rogers told Congress on Thursday, pointing to the rise of cybersecurity threats.
In a rare public session, hours after Pope Francis addressed Congress, Rogers appeared before the Senate Intelligence Committee to discuss some of the challenges the agency faces as it transitions to a new data-collection system.