This year at Day on Capitol Hill, delegates will be carrying
the industry’s message on four major topics:
for School Security: For the current fiscal year, Congress appropriated
$165 million to support programs that enhance security for schools. ESA is
requesting that Congress appropriate millions of dollars in
additional funds in the 2015 budget for the acquisition of security equipment
based on individual school needs.
Checks: ESA continues to seek access to the FBI criminal database for the
purpose of performing background checks on employees of the security industry. The
association will be seeking co-sponsors and other Congressional support for H.R.
1441, which directs the U.S. Attorney General to establish a system of
background checks that would be available for use by industry companies.
Balanced Approach to
Fire Protection: Congress currently is reviewing potential tax incentives
for installation of sprinkler systems by small and medium-sized businesses, but
is not considering similar benefits for fire and smoke alarms. ESA advocates a "balanced
approach” using both alarms and sprinklers, and is urging Congress to allow tax
benefits for both detection and protection.
Prevention of Elder
Abuse Through Voluntary Use of Video Surveillance: ESA is supporting
federal and state initiatives that would permit residents of elder-care
facilities, as well as their families, to voluntarily install electronic
surveillance devices, such as video cameras. Bills have been introduced in both
the House and Senate that would reauthorize the Older Americans Act with
provisions allowing the use of video surveillance, among other measures.