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Posted: Aug 23, 2017
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On July 31, 2017, Governor Brown signed AB 1616, effectively ending the continuing threat by local jurisdictions to assess civil fines or penalties against alarm companies for false dispatches.  California joins Texas and Florida with similar legislative restrictions that prohibit such fines unless alarm company operator error or improper equipment or installation was demonstrated.  It may run contrary to any reasonable person’s view of due process, but California was the...
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Posted: Aug 17, 2017
Categories: News, Public Policy
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Newport News, VA is now the latest municipality to adopt the Automated Secure Alarm Protocol. The ASAP technology automates communication between monitoring centers and 911 centers to improve accuracy and  speed of response.

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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: 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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Posted: May 16, 2017
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Buried within a 600-page bill, that is moving through the Congressional legislative process and aimed at repealing or amending much of the Dodd-Frank financial reform legislation in 2010, is a provision that might have a key impact on small businesses within the industry, especially if a credit or debit card is used for customer purchases. 

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