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Posted: May 6, 2019
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Whether it is Catholic churches in Sri Lanka, Mosques in New Zealand or Synagogues here in the United States, terrorists continue to commit destructive or violent acts in places of worship that many people hold sacred.

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Posted: Apr 9, 2019
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

You may have noticed an email or two from ESA asking that you get engaged on a piece of legislation. If you are in Texas, we asked you to write your House and Senate members to oppose HB 1141 and SB 1004, which would put some of the low-voltage work you are licensed to do under one of two agencies in Texas into a third agency (anything involving more than 50 volts) that regulates electricians. Not only would that create increased costs for consumers because an electrician would have to be...
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Posted: Mar 20, 2019
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Since the beginning of the year, ESA began following bills unlike any seen in recent history. We mentioned the numerous occupational licensing bills that would require oversight and review of all licenses. We also noted several bills that would expand union influence in some states, while others seem to be gravitating away from union control and toward a “right to work” model.

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Posted: Feb 25, 2019
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Before the month of January ended, we encountered several bills in state legislatures that remind us of the need for diligence and advocacy. One bill in New Jersey, signed by the Governor on January 31st, will have a significantly negative impact on all contractors (including alarm contractors) who engage in public works contracts.

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Posted: Jan 8, 2019
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

We previously mentioned the change in direction many legislatures and Congress will see in 2019 after the midterm elections. How this plays out and whether it impacts your business will be largely dependent on the state you live and do business.

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Posted: Dec 11, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

The mid-terms are in the books, with very few exceptions and it is now time to consider what impact we can expect with legislation and regulation in 2019 considering the changes that occurred in most state legislatures. With Democratic gains in many states, issues historically supported by them will likely gain more traction. Republicans maintain control in a majority of state legislatures and in Governorships, but there will be changes our industry should expect. Here are some of the issues...
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