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Posted: Oct 10, 2017
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by Chris Heaton - Vice President of Membership and Chapter Relations

‘Repeal and replace’ was a campaign promise from many (including the sitting President) for the looming failure of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), aka “Obamacare”, but as is usually the case, congressional leaders have not come up with a way to repeal or replace the ACA to date.

But, there may be some glimmer of hope for small group employers and sole proprietors who are finding their health insurance go up almost exponentially every year.

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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 31, 2017
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ESA successfully worked with a coalition of related industries, regular and national company members on two key bills moving through Congress. The “Financial CHOICE Act of 2017” contained a provision (strongly supported by the banking industry) that would remove the cap on credit card “swipe fees”, which limited the amount of back-end, hidden charges that banks and credit card companies could charge for each credit card transaction.  House leaders decided to...
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