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Posted: Sep 12, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations

When hi-jacked airliners flew into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, rather than the nations’ Capitol, on September 11, 2001, a glaring defect in public safety communication was exposed among many infrastructure issues. Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Sandy exposed similar problematic issues, particularly interagency communications.

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Posted: Aug 8, 2017
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Prior to going on its customary summer recess, the United States Senate did manage to pass some interesting and important legislation. While the national news cycles remain focused on Russia, tax reform and health care, Congress did get other business done — some of it, important to our industry. The following is a recap of recent Congressional action.  

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Posted: Jun 29, 2017
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Recent audits by the Washington Department of Revenue (DOR) in Washington State have raised questions about an Excise Tax Advisory (ETA) issued on March 7, 2014 regarding the sales tax implications for alarm monitoring companies and dealers.  At the center of the interpretation is the definition and application of a “Digital Automated Service” or DAS, which is subject to sales taxes.  DAS is defined as “…any service transferred electronically that uses one...
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Posted: Jun 6, 2017
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By John Chwat, ESA, Director of Government Relations

During ESA's Day on Capitol Hill event held last month, ESA Members advocated on behalf of the electronic security and life safety industry with their elected representatives in Congress. One of the key issues presented by the attendees during their congressional visits was simultaneously being deliberated on and voted out of a key committee. H.R. 2353 – the “Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act” was heard and passed...
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Posted: May 16, 2017
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Buried within a 600-page bill, that is moving through the Congressional legislative process and aimed at repealing or amending much of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation in 2010, is a provision that might have a key impact on small businesses within the industry, especially if a credit or debit card is used for customer purchases. 

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Posted: Nov 5, 2015
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Next year we celebrate many anniversaries and key dates, including the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service Act, and the Presidential and Congressional elections in November. But, 2016 is also the 20th anniversary of Congress passing the Telecommunication Act of 1996, which governs communications rules, policy and laws. It would be impossible to list all of the new technologies that have been discovered, created, installed and used since 1996, especially in the electronic security...
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