If you thought 2012 was a turbulent year for government at
both the state and federal levels, then strap in: 2013 is shaping up to be
equally as busy and challenging, particularly for the electronic security
industry. Congress has just seated a new bunch of first-term senators and
representatives (as well as a number of new committee leaders) for its 113th
session, and most states will be getting ready to convene their annual
legislative sessions. The stage is set for what could be one of the most active
years in recent memory.
There’s something you can do to get ready, though. Make plans
now to be a part of ESA’s Day on Capitol Hill, May 6-7 in Washington, D.C. It’s
the centerpiece event for ESA’s active legislative effort, led by ESA
Government Relations Director John Chwat, a hard-working volunteer Government
Relations committee chaired by Lynn Comer, and a number of vigilant and
dedicated Chartered Chapters.
By joining other ESA members in our nation’s capital for an
active day of networking and visiting with congressmen and women, as well as their staff members, you’re
helping to ensure that your interests are even more effectively represented.
"We know there’s a lot of skepticism and belief that
lawmakers only listen to big money,” Chwat says. "That simply isn’t the case.
Think of all the different issues that representatives are asked to vote on;
there’s no way that they can be experts on everything. So that’s where our
members come in, meeting with as many legislators and staff members as
possible, and making sure that they understand our industry and our issues.”
This year will be particularly challenging on a
state-by-state basis as a number of legislatures – including Arizona,
Pennsylvania, Missouri, Virginia, Oklahoma, Illinois, Wyoming and Michigan, to
mention just a few – tackle issues such as licensing, background checks,
training, certification and "e-waste” disposal.
In addition, a barrage of federal regulations is expected,
including the expanded impact of new healthcare regulations on small businesses
ESA President John Knox likes to call Day on Capitol Hill
the "Super Bowl” of ESA’s Government Relations efforts. He noted that more than
60 people attended the event last year, and he’d like to see that number grow in
"This is the event that sets the tone for the rest of the
year,” Knox says, "but I believe we can grow the event even more. I’d like to
get participation from new faces and new voices, especially our younger
members. The more involvement from members, the more influence our industry will have, making an even greater impact.”
The anticipation is building. Block out Monday and Tuesday,
May 6-7, on your travel calendar, and keep an eye on this newsletter for
more reasons why Day on Capitol Hill should be on your agenda this year.
Click here to learn more about the event, or contact ESA Events Manager Michelle Whitaker at (972) 795-0709, or via e-mail at Michelle.Whitaker@ESAweb.org.