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Posted: Apr 12, 2015
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IESA urges the Illinois alarm industry to band together to stop the progress of two Senate Bills — 1495 and 1685 — that were written to overturn the Lisle-Woodridge ruling and also create a new licensure for design, installation, repair, inspection and testing of fire alarm systems. Both bills were proposed by Sen. Thomas Cullerton (D) last Friday and have been moved to the Assignments committee. IESA will be coordinating opposition efforts to these bills with updates to follow. In the...
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Posted: Apr 6, 2015
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Thousands of bills are introduced during a calendar year in the various state legislatures, and many of these potential new laws never find their way through the process. Most ESA members have not read a bill; in fact, just as in Washington, DC, most elected officials probably do not read the “fine print” of a bill before considering it for a vote. “The Devil is in the details” is very true when dealing with legislation at any level of government. The topics span a wide...
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Posted: Mar 9, 2015
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Despite budget problems at the state and federal levels, one area of continued, ongoing support by state legislatures around the country are allocations to school districts and local schools to enhance their security systems. State legislatures have provided in their budgets monies specifically for security technology and these funds have been significant, many in the multi-millions of dollars.ESA members have been active around the country to take advantage of government funding...
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Posted: Feb 10, 2015
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Most of the 50 state legislatures began their sessions for 2015 last month in state capitols across the country, and almost immediately we began to see legislation being debated and voted on that in many cases could impact your business operation. Since the beginning of January, over 49,000 bills have been introduced in 50 states. This may seem to be an overwhelming number of bills to track and report on, but ESA uses sophisticated tracking tools that distill the number of bills...
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Posted: Feb 9, 2015
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ESA Files Comments with the FCC (Irving, TX) Feb. 10, 2015 —The Electronic Security Association (ESA), along with the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC), submitted supporting comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in Washington, D.C. outlining positions relating to POTS changes, copper “retirement” and battery backup inquiries from this key federal agency. The AICC also submitted comments on proposed FCC regulations, which were endorsed by ESA....
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Posted: Jan 13, 2015
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The month of January sets the stage for what promises to be a very busy legislative cycle for most states. Forty five states, including biennial states like Texas, will convene during the month of January and it should make you stand up and notice. John Chwat’s blog highlighted the numerous issues that are likely to surface in the coming year and he pointed to the work the Government Relations Committee is doing to get your input on top priorities. As the staff liaison for the...
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