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State Legislative Report - August 2016

Posted By Chris Heaton, Vice President, Membership and Chapter Relations, Friday, September 9, 2016

Through August 31, 2016 ESA tagged 225 bills for monitoring. Of the 225 bills monitored this year, 86 bills have officially failed and were removed from the report. The following is a brief review of bills and other news that may be of interest to members.

California –A small series of bills passed through the State Legislature in the last month, with varying levels of importance. AB 2153 is the Lead Acid Battery Recycling Act, which creates a trade-in and deposit program for all retail sales with lead acid batteries. AB 2288 is an apprenticeship program bill that requires the Workforce Development Board and local boards to ensure that federal Workforce innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 funds awarded for preapprenticeship training in building and construction trades fund programs and services that follow the core curriculum implemented by the State Department of Education. AB 2299, AB 2406 and SB 1069 are a trio of bills that amend language in “second unit” dwellings to “accessory unit” language and the bills also prohibit local ordinances from requiring separate life safety standards in such units. And finally, SB 945 requires all pet boarding facilities to provide fire alarm or fire suppression systems.

Illinois H 4036-Signed by the Governor on 08/12/2016. Lowers the applicability of the Victims Economic Security and Safety Act to require that any victim of family violence be provided up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave who works for any employer, without regard to employer size or revenue.

Massachusetts H 4419 – is a municipal finance bill that seemingly had no connection to the alarm industry, until one of many amendments was added to the bill that would create a security systems commission to study electronic security licensing requirements. The commission would be composed of many representatives from electrical unions, systems contractors, legislators and trade associations, including ESA. While this amendment was adopted in the Senate under S 2430, it appears it was stripped from the version of the bill that ultimately passed both houses, H 4565. We shall see if this commission re-emerges.

New Jersey S 1902 –As mentioned in prior reports, this bill would waive permitting requirements for wireless alarm installations and caps permitting fees at the local level. The bill was opposed by the New Jersey chapter on grounds it would increase unlicensed activity in the state. This assertion was disputed by the supporters of the bill within the industry. The bill passed the Senate on August 1, 2016 and is currently under consideration in the Assembly.

Below is a complete list of bills in the August 2016 State Legislative Report. Please contact Chris Heaton at or call (972) 807-6815 if additional information is needed.


Bill Summary*
Alarm 16
Apprenticeship 8
Call Center 2
CCTV/Video/Audio 13
Employer Liability 5
Environmental 13
Facility Security 10
Fire/Life Safety 44
Low Voltage 13
Regulatory 32
Taxation 5
Telecommunications 9
*Some bills cover multiple subject areas


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