Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) has introduced Senate Bill
1362, Federal background check legislation that has been a priority for ESA in
Congress. The bill was in the Judiciary Committee as the Senate left for its
summer recess earlier this month.
The measure already has been introduced in the House by Rep.
Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-Mo.) as H.R. 1441, the "Electronic Life
Safety and Security Systems Federal Background Check Act of 2013,” which would
allow electronic security companies to access the FBI’s federal criminal
database for the purpose of conducting background checks on potential
The Senate version has been combined into a bill that would
also create a background check solution for organizations that work with
youths. "The Child Protection Improvements and Electronic Life Safety and
Security Systems Act of 2013” is similar to legislation that passed the Senate
Judiciary Committee before the 112th Congress adjourned last year.
Schumer has been joined by fellow senators Orrin Hatch
(R-Utah), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Christopher Coons
(D-Del.) as co-sponsors of the bill.
The House version of the bill has six co-sponsors so far:
Congressmen Michael Michaud (D-Maine), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), Erik Paulsen
(R-Minn.), Blake Farenthold (R-Texas), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Lou Barletta
ESA Government Relations Director John Chwat noted that the
legislation has received vigorous support through letters from both the
Security Industry Association (SIA) and the National Association of Fire
Chwat continues to emphasize the role ESA members can play
by urging even more legislators in the House and the Senate to co-sponsor the
"A major first step in passing any bill is gaining as
many co-sponsors as possible," Chwat said. "If we can gain enough
co-sponsors for each of the bills, it will virtually assure their passage and
get this important legislation to the president's desk."
Here's how you can help:
here to download a letter from ESA's website, and adjust the information
accordingly on the form. You can find your legislator's information online at www.house.gov/representatives/find/.
Please address the letter to your representative, along with a cc to Chwat.
Once you have filled out the appropriate
information, please scan and return the letter to John's office via e-mail so
that his staff can hand-deliver it to the appropriate legislator. Chwat can be
reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The letter can also be faxed to (703) 566-3806.
If you have any questions, or would like more
information about the bill, please contact Chwat at (703) 566-3805.