Here are highlights of legislative activity that could impact the electronic security and life safety industry.
Federal Legislative Summary – October 2020
The bills introduced and moving in Congress continue to focus on COVID-19. The bottom line is that no stimulus bill passed, so we will have to wait and see what can be worked out after the election.
We do not have bill text available on several bills recently filed. It normally takes a few days after a bill is filed for the text to be made available online. We marked those bills that have titles suggesting a potential impact on COVID-19 funding for businesses. As text is made available, those bills will be updated.
State Legislative Summary – October 2020
The legislative landscape was relatively quiet in October as many legislatures are out of session and members concentrating on elections. Michigan was the most active state last month with several bills seeing enactment. Several bills continue to move in Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York as well.
Michigan HB 5602 was a significant bill enacted last month as it will prohibit local permitting or other approval for home or business alarm systems or low-voltage fencing, if the work is performed by a licensed provider.
Michigan also passed three COVID-related bills in October. HB 6030 will provide limited civil immunity from claims related to COVID-19. HB 6031 protects employers from liability for employee’s exposure to COVID-19, if the employer was operating in compliance with all federal, state and local statutes, and rules and executive orders. Additionally, HB 6032 will protect employees who comply with COVID-19 protocols, or who report workplace violations among other provisions.