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Day on Capitol Hill Emphasizes Four Major Issues

Posted By Bob Ogle, Thursday, April 17, 2014

This year at Day on Capitol Hill, delegates will be carrying the industry’s message on four major topics:

Additional Funding 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.

Federal Background 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.

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