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State Legislative Report - September 2016

Posted By Chris Heaton, Vice President, Membership and Chapter Relations, Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Through September 30, 2016 ESA tagged 230 bills for monitoring.  Of these, 86 bills 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 mentioned in the August 2016 State Legislative Report were signed by the Governor and enacted during September.  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 pre-apprenticeship 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.

Massachusetts H 2095 and H 3475 were moved in September with a series of other bills to be studied by the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security under H 4611.  These bills provide for sprinkler and fire protection standards for new construction.

Michigan S 954 is a bill that exempts fire alarm contractors from the licensing requirements of architects and engineers when submitting shop drawings.  It moved to the second reading in House on September 14, 2016. 

New Jersey had several bills relating to school safety that moved during September.  NJ A191, which would require schools to be equipped with emergency lights and panic alarms linked with law enforcement, moved to the Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations on September 12thNJ A 3348, A 3349, S 2313 and S 2439 would enhance security measures on new school construction and require enhanced employee training with emergency responders, respectively.  The Assembly bills previously passed the Assembly and were reported out of the Senate Committee on Education on September 12, 2016.  The Senate bills were sent to the Senate Committee on Budget and Appropriations on September 12th as well. 

New Jersey S 1902 is the bill mentioned in previous State Legislative Reports that would exempt wireless alarm systems from local permitting requirements and cap local permitting fees at $55.  This bill previously passed the Senate.  On September 8, 2016 it moved to the Assembly Committee on Regulated Professions. 

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


Bill Summary*
Alarm 17
Apprenticeship 8
Call Center 2
CCTV/Video/Audio 13
Employer Liability 5
Environmental 13
Facility Security 10
Fire/Life Safety 47
Low Voltage 13
Regulatory 32
Taxation 5
Telecommunications 9
*Some bills cover multiple subject areas


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