On September 14, the Illinois Electronic Security Association's regular membership meeting was anything but ordinary with 100 people in attendance, including state representatives Robert Rita (D-28th) and Michael McAuliffe (R-20). The audience was also given an officer's update about the Electronic Security Association by David Koenig, treasurer of the Irving-based organization.
During a 20-minute question-and-answer session, both state representatives gave their insight as to how the industry should go about its licensure renewal in the coming years. The presence of these key lawmakers is significant because both are members of the Business Occupational Licenses committee, with Rep. Rita as the chairman.
Both representatives explained how licensure benefits the general public and the state’s 493 Alarm Contractor Agencies and 688 Private Alarm Contractors. Licensure ensures that installers are properly trained to meet high standards. Additionally, Illinois’ licensure act requires regular background checks through national and international law-enforcement databases.
The Illinois licensure act for alarm dealers also includes other trades such as private detectives, locksmiths and security guards. We are working closely with those trade associations to finalize language we all agree upon and will be happy with for another 10 years. (Our actual sunset date for licensure is December 31, 2014). Both representatives agreed that our unity and agreement upon language that governs us all is of utmost importance.
Regarding municipal monitoring that has taken place in Illinois, both representatives have an understanding of the situation we face – that we are being shut out of some markets by government monopolies. Their understanding – and empathy for licensed alarm contractors - is tremendously important. Both are known leaders of their respective parties.
"The IESA would like that thank our national organization for underwriting this important legislative meeting that gave our members the opportunity to speak with key members of the state legislature. We had a great turn-out for this meeting, as we have for the past several IESA events. Our members are active and willing to participate in the ‘process’ of protecting their business interests here in Illinois,” said Kevin Lehan.
See pictures of the event here: http://bit.ly/nCCRqo