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 www.ESAweb.org 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 gov.info@ESAweb.org.