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Posted: May 7, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Members who participated in ESA’s District Day last week found the visits to their local congressional offices to be productive. Engaging with their elected officials and staffs, ESA Members moved the needle, educating many on the issues we face in our industry and why they are so important.

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Posted: May 7, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

School security and safety related bills dominated the state legislative activity for the last two months. There were 82 bills that were introduced or moved during this time and many of these bills will provide for infrastructure improvements that include electronic security, access control, video surveillance and other measures designed to protect children and staff in schools, if passed. One of these bills, Maine LD 1858 (SP 703), was enacted in April and it provides that security...
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Posted: Apr 10, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

In the wake of Parkland, Florida and the organized protests that followed, Congress is moving with several pieces of legislation that make substantial efforts to do something about the more immediate infrastructure improvements needed to address school safety. Some bills were filed that address mental health awareness training, crisis intervention and personnel training to recognize potential signs of violence in students. And some bills that enhance physical security needs are...
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Posted: Apr 10, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Legislative action leads to new statutes and there were plenty of new laws with potential impact on the electronic security industry enacted in March. The following highlights some of the more notable bills enacted into law.

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Posted: Mar 19, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

February 2018 was another unprecedented month for legislation driven by a tragic ‘focusing event’. But, other legislation that demands attention also warrants some discussion. The mass shooting in Parkland, Florida spurred Legislatures to file bills that take numerous approaches to school safety. Some bills create mechanisms for school teachers and employees to carry concealed weapons.

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Posted: Mar 13, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

After years of providing funds to study and research the cause of mass shooter attacks and theoretical approaches to preventing them in schools, Congress now appears ready to authorize meaningful funding to detect, deter and when possible, prevent future attacks. The Senate version of “Students, Teachers and Officers Preventing (STOP) School Violence Act of 2018”, introduced by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), is the first federal bill that takes a holistic approach to make schools...
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