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Background Check Bill Introduced in Senate

Posted By Bob Ogle, Friday, August 09, 2013

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 employees.

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 (R-Pa.).

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 Marshals (NASFM).

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 bills.

"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:

  • Click 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 john@thechwatgroup.com. 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.

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