Posted By Bob Ogle,
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
On May 15, ESA President Dom D’Ascoli sent a letter on behalf of the association to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, declaring support for the Burglar and Fire Alarm Association of Michigan’s opposition to the proposed deregulation of security alarm contractors.
State regulators have recommended deregulation based on information comparing Michigan to other states regarding how licensed occupations are regulated in those states. However, according to D’Ascoli’s letter, the results are flawed, and the facts actually support regulation:
- For example, the state of Michigan is bordered by states that license, or are seeking to license, alarm contractors through state legislation. The Illinois Electronic Security Association says that Illinois employees of private alarm contractors are given a state background check and an FBI fingerprint background check. They must also meet other licensing requirements developed by a 13-member board that regulates all fire and burglar alarm installers, monitoring agents, and others performing such work in the state.
- According to the New York Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, any company in New York that installs, services, or maintains security and fire alarm systems, including electronic access control and CCTV systems, is similarly licensed and regulated by state authorities. Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania have very detailed licensing and regulation legislation pending before their state legislatures, which includes security alarm contractors.
- D’Ascoli’s letter took issue with the state’s premise that the security industry "does not provide sufficient public safety protections beyond what would already be covered through the Consumer Protection Act.” In fact, he stated, "licensing helps ensure that our industry provides customers with the most up-to-date technology in the ever-changing security industry.”
After reviewing the list of recommended occupations for continued regulation, the letter noted, "without disparaging any profession, it seems to us that if massage therapists can maintain their professional licensing, it is unfair that security alarm contractors must be deregulated and rely solely on consumer protection as they work to protect the public in the state of Michigan.”
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