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Please Help Recruit Co-Sponsors for Federal Background Check Bill in Congress

Posted By Bob Ogle, Thursday, June 6, 2013

A letter from a constituent – particularly a business owner – can go a long way in Washington, D.C. That’s why ESA is asking its members to play an active role in the passage of Federal background check legislation.

The "Electronic Life Safety and Security Systems Federal Background Check Act” is a top priority for ESA’s Government Relations program. Currently introduced in the House as H.R. 1441, and soon to be introduced in the Senate, the legislation would allow our industry to access the FBI’s criminal database for use in background checks of potential employees. It would not mandate background checks, but instead provide a framework for use of the database if requested as part of due diligence in hiring.

A crucial first step in ultimate passage of any bill is gaining as many co-sponsors as possible. With that in mind, ESA is providing a letter than can be sent to the Congressman from your district, asking them to become a co-sponsor of H.R. 1441.

ESA Director of Government Relations John Chwat says that a large number of co-sponsors will make it much easier for House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) to move the bill through his committee for consideration on the House floor.

The 27 states with ESA Chartered Chapters represent a total of 158 Congressmen, Chwat said. "If every chapter gets every House member to co-sponsor the bill,” he explained, "we’re well on the way for the chairman to be able to send the bill to the House floor.”

We’re asking ESA members to contact their legislators and request their co-sponsorship of H.R. 1441. Please click here to download a letter for your representative, and adjust the information accordingly. To find your legislator, go to

It’s especially beneficial if a representative is a member of the House Judiciary Committee, Chwat said. Since there are 40 members on the committee, having 21 co-sponsors from that committee would make it even more likely that the bill would advance to the full House. Click here to see if a representative from your state is on the committee.

Please download the letter, address it to your Representative, along with a cc to John Chwat. Then please scan and return the letter to John’s office so that his staff can hand-deliver it to the appropriate legislator. He can be reached by e-mail at, or the letter can be faxed to (703) 566-3806.

Working together, we can gain the support needed to get this critical legislation through Congress, and ultimately to President Obama’s desk.

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