Legislation introduced in the Senate would exempt a "health care practice" with 20 or fewer employees, as well as accounting and legal practices of the same size, from the Federal Trade Commission's Red Flags Rule.

The rule, from the Federal Trade Commission with an enforcement date of June 1, requires businesses to take specific steps to minimize identity theft. The Senate bill, S. 3416, was introduced on May 25 and now is available on the public congressional Web site, at congress.gov.

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