Posted By Bob Ogle,
Friday, May 3, 2013
Updated: Friday, May 10, 2013
Here is a quick overview of the four issues that were in the spotlight as ESA members met with senators, representatives and their staff members during Day on Capitol Hill:
- The "Electronic Life Safety and Security & Systems Federal Background Check Act"
ESA continues in its efforts to gain access for the electronic security industry to the FBI's criminal database. The current bill, H.R. 1441, is sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO). It would direct the Attorney General to work with the industry to establish a system of background checks for employees, which is particularly important in states where no system of background checks currently exists.
- A Balanced Approach to Fire System Design: Alarms and Detection Alongside Suppression
The association also continues to press for Congressional action that would encourage the use of systems that combine fire alarms and detection along with sprinkler and suppression systems.
- ESA involvement in upcoming consideration and input for School Safety legislation.
While most efforts are focusing on gun control and emergency preparedness, ESA is offering the association's expertise, as well as requesting creation of a federal grant program to local school districts for funding the purchase, installation and maintenance of electronic security equipment installed by certified professionals.
- Request the FTC to examine potentially unfair trade practices by AT&T
ESA is asking Congress to work with the Federal Trade Commission and request an investigation to determine if AT&T's regulatory and legislative activities constitute unfair trade practices that could potentially jeopardize the health and safety of consumers. Using a state-by-state approach, AT&T has continually sought to create a separate licensing scheme for its personnel and has avoided compliance with existing regulations and statutes.
Day on Capitol Hill
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