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Chartered Chapters Can Depend on ESA for Support

Posted By Bob Ogle, Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The coming year promises to be incredibly active for the security industry at all levels of government. All but six state legislatures will either be underway or beginning their sessions by the end of January 2013, so this is a good time to remember the role that ESA can play in assisting with your government relations goals on the state and local levels. In fact, according to a recent ESA member survey, advocacy was rated as one of the top two member benefits.

Even though the year is drawing to a close, legislative challenges are currently underway in a number of states including Michigan, where bills are being advanced that would radically change the competitive environment by creating a new licensing category for "IP-enabled" security systems; and Pennsylvania, where efforts are underway to attempt to deregulate electronic security businesses.

ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat encourages members to make use of the monthly State Legislative Report, posted on and made available monthly through the Government Insider newsletter.

"ESA closely watches all state legislatures for bills that impact the industry, and we have traditionally been a ‘forward observer’ to give first word on these challenges,” Chwat said. "We’re very proud of our tradition of supporting local and on-the-ground activities by security industry professionals against these challenges.” In many cases, he added, ESA alerts Chartered Chapters or members, and often assists in sending letters, providing advice, making phone calls or contacting legislators and other officials.

For more information about how ESA can help your Chartered Chapter's government relations efforts, contact John Chwat at

Tags:  Chartered Chapters  state legislation 

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