By Chris Heaton - Vice President of Advocacy and Public Affairs
Congress seems to be getting more engaged in the workforce development issue, which is timely considering that is one of the primary issue areas our members will discuss with their Congressmen and Senators during District Week 2019. One bill that we support and will be discussed by members during District Week is S. 2123, introduced by Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO), which would allow Pell Grants to be used for career and technical education programs that lead to certifications or credentials in high demand and high skill trades, including the electronic security industry.
Other issue areas covered this month include more school security funding, carbon monoxide poisoning prevention, robocalling and IoT readiness.
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July was a month that saw some significant legislation enacted that warrants special attention by all members in those states. California earned a valuable win for alarm companies by getting a measure passed that will prohibit fines against alarm companies when customers don't renew their permits. Connecticut and Pennsylvania passed significant legislation that will improve school security infrastructure and North Carolina passed a bill that changes the conditions under which a criminal history may be considered in license denial as well as requiring licensing boards in the state to recognize apprenticeship training programs and examinations that meet certain requirements.
California AB 1289, which will prohibit a city and county from fining an alarm company for requesting dispatch to a customer, whether residential or commercial, that does not have a current local use permit if it was not the alarm company’s legal responsibility to obtain the local use permit for the customer or renew the local use permit for the customer, was enacted on July 9, 2019.
In Connecticut, SB 1210 was introduced and signed into law in the span of three days and will authorize eight school construction grants totaling $160.5 million and includes a provision to include school security infrastructure.
North Carolina HB 630 makes substantial changes to the current alarm licensing statute in Georgia Statutes 74D. It passed the House on July 8, 2019 and was sent to the Senate where it sits in committee.
North Carolina HB 770 changes conditions by which a criminal history may be considered in license denial and it requires licensing boards to recognize apprenticeship training programs and examinations that meet certain conditions. This bill was signed by the Governor on July 8, 2019.