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IESA Shows the Importance of Getting Involved in Local Legislation

Posted By ESA Communications, Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Kevin Lehan, executive director of the Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA), recently emailed their members asking them to get involved in the fire alarm monitoring process at the local level. We couldn’t agree more. It’s vital that our chapters remain vigilant and engaged in both state and local monitoring issues.

When we stop paying attention, a detrimental piece of legislation can move forward, as in a case from northern Illinois. ESA is here to help prevent that, as are chartered chapters like IESA.

The Lisle-Woodridge district, which consists of the suburban Chicago towns of Lisle and Woodridge, had been pushing to create government monopolies for commercial fire alarm monitoring by forcing businesses to use their services. IESA brought attention to the issue and was able to stop the legislation.

A recent court decision in the form of a modified permanent injunction barred the Lisle-Woodridge district from "prohibiting the transmission of signals from fire alarm systems … to a NFPA compliant subsidiary, such as a UL listed central station.” This ruling invalidates monopolies by municipalities.

Lehan stated, "Starting now, I urge all licensed alarm contractors to become involved in that process - not only in the Lisle-Woodridge Fire Protection District - but in every community in which you do business.”

Good job, IESA, and a great message from Kevin. 

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