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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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Posted: Feb 12, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

On December 22, 2017, President Trump signed the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” into law. While media pundits speculated from liberal and conservative perspectives the impact the most significant tax reform in over 30 years would have on the economy, it became clear the impact to business would be very positive. One provision within the bill will have a particularly positive impact for the electronic security and life safety industry.

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Posted: Jan 15, 2018
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

The most significant tax bill in over 30 years was passed by Congress and signed into law on December 22, 2017 by President Trump. Over 23 million comments were filed in response to an FCC plan to reverse a two-year old FCC rule that heavily regulated Internet Service Providers. These two issues flooded news reports, blogs and pundit positions for weeks leading to their enactment. The aftermath is still developing, but it is not likely we will see these two momentous issues coming to...
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Posted: Dec 12, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

Many virtual barrels of ink have spilled on the topic of “net neutrality” over the last two years and no issue has generated more intense scrutiny and public interest with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since it published its proposed rule titled, “Restoring Internet Freedom” on June 2, 2017. An unprecedented 23 million comments were filed, with a clear majority opposing the FCC intention to reverse the current rules back to pre-2015, “light...
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Posted: Nov 13, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs

In the midst of the media and Congress focusing on tax reform and President Trump’s trip through Asia, a relatively harmless looking, one-page bill passed the House on November 7 that  could really live up to its name, the “Save Local Business Act”.

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