Legislative Report – August 2019

Legislative Report – August 2019

August saw more bills passing that will impact states in various ways. School security continues to receive priority attention from legislatures. We are also seeing an increase in data and consumer protection in legislation. The following bills highlight activity during...
California Bill Could Pose Significant Limits on Use of Independent Contractors

California Bill Could Pose Significant Limits on Use of Independent Contractors

You may have heard news reports about a bill in California that has ride share businesses like Uber and Lyft up in arms over its far-reaching impact on their business model - treating drivers as independent contractors. These and other...
New Tennessee Law Provides Resolution to Current and Potential Alarm Issues

New Tennessee Law Provides Resolution to Current and Potential Alarm Issues

On May 8, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 1443, which will provide positive safeguards for electronic security and life safety companies. On May 8, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee signed SB 1443, which will provide positive safeguards for...
Experts Say Sandy Springs Alarm Ordinance Could Cost Citizens and Businesses Between $7-$14 Million

Experts Say Sandy Springs Alarm Ordinance Could Cost Citizens and Businesses Between $7-$14 Million

Sandy Springs residents and businesses who use alarm systems to protect lives and property will have to invest millions of dollars in new equipment to continue to receive police response under the city’s controversial and reportedly confusing alarm ordinance set...
ESA Members Advocate on Industry Issues with Federal Elected Officials Throughout New Local Advocacy Event, District Day

ESA Members Advocate on Industry Issues with Federal Elected Officials Throughout New Local Advocacy Event, District Day

Members who participated in ESA’s District Day last week found the visits to their local congressional offices to be productive. Engaging with their elected officials and staffs, ESA Members moved the needle, educating many on the issues we face in...
School Security, Life Safety and Alarm Contract Legislation Becomes Law in April

School Security, Life Safety and Alarm Contract Legislation Becomes Law in April

School security and safety related bills dominated the state legislative activity for the last two months. There were 82 bills that were introduced or moved during this time and many of these bills will provide for infrastructure improvements that include...
ESA Makes Electronic Security and Life Safety Voice Heard in District Offices Across the Nation Today

ESA Makes Electronic Security and Life Safety Voice Heard in District Offices Across the Nation Today

Today marks the Electronic Security Association’s (ESA) first District Day, a nationwide local advocacy movement connecting members with their federal elected officials. This the event marks an opportunity for electronic security and life safety professionals to meet with their federal...
School Security, Employer Liability, Fire/Life Safety and more, Lead March Measures

School Security, Employer Liability, Fire/Life Safety and more, Lead March Measures

Legislative action leads to new statutes and there were plenty of new laws with potential impact on the electronic security industry enacted in March. The following highlights some of the more notable bills enacted into law. Legislative action leads to...
School Security, False Alarms Lead February Measures

School Security, False Alarms Lead February Measures

February 2018 was another unprecedented month for legislation driven by a tragic ‘focusing event’. But, other legislation that demands attention also warrants some discussion. The mass shooting in Parkland, Florida spurred Legislatures to file bills that take numerous approaches to school...
Federal Issues Update: Senate’s “STOP School Violence Act” is a Positive Step

Federal Issues Update: Senate’s “STOP School Violence Act” is a Positive Step

After years of providing funds to study and research the cause of mass shooter attacks and theoretical approaches to preventing them in schools, Congress now appears ready to authorize meaningful funding to detect, deter and when possible, prevent future attacks....

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