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ESA Legislative Alert: KY Low Voltage Bill Filed; Tax Credits for Smoke Detection Systems in Maryland and More...

Posted By ESA Communications, Tuesday, February 23, 2016

As part of our attempt to keep members informed on legislation that potentially impacts the industry, we are forwarding recently introduced legislation that creates opportunities or potential threats to members who do business in those states.

Connecticut HB 5326 relates to the capture and use of facial recognition technology for commercial purposes.  This bill would prohibit the capture and use of facial recognition technology for commercial purposes without an individual's consent.  This bill is scheduled for a hearing in the Joint Committee on General Law on February 23, 2016 at 10:00 am, Room 2E of the LOB

Illinois HB 6025 would prohibit the use of biometric information for the provision of goods or services by private entities, except for the purpose of conducting background checks or employee security protocols by employers.  Companies that provide biometric devices for private businesses as a means of identifying customers, etc. should watch this legislation and make their views known.

Kentucky HB 439 is the low voltage regulation bill worked on by the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction and several low voltage trade groups, including ESA and the Kentucky ESA.  This bill would, if passed create two low voltage positions on the Electrical Advisory Board and provide for regulations and certifications for low voltage electrical work

Maryland HB 1245 would provide a state income tax credit up to $500 for the installation of approved smoke detection systems in the homeowners’ residence.  This bill, if passed, provides an opportunity to enhance services to customers with significant savings through this tax credit.  The bill is scheduled for a hearing on March 11, 2016 in the House Ways and Means Committee, House Office Building, Room 130 at 1:00pm. 

Mississippi HB 1440/SB 2197 would eliminate the Electronic Protection Advisory Board.  This legislation is opposed by the Mississippi Electronic Security Association.

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