Congratulations are in order for the Arizona Alarm Association
(AzAA). On May 11, 2012, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed an important piece of legislature into law to provide statewide certification requirements for alarm businesses.
House Bill 2748 (HB-2748), proposed in 2009, will require certification for individuals who operate or work for an alarm business. The licensing, granted from the Board of Technical Registration, is contingent on a completed application, satisfactory criminal background check and fee to the board to administer a background check. The state will begin issuing certificates on May 1, 2013 and will be valid for two years. Persons who operate an alarm business will have a background check conducted by the board each year he or she is in control of an alarm business. This does not include installation or monitoring of fire alarm systems, motor vehicle alarms or any alarm system operated by a city or town. All alarm businesses in Arizona will be required to have licensing by October 1, 2013.
Maria Malice, AzAA president, said in her email concerning the victory:
"After three long years we finally have success! This afternoon, Governor Jan Brewer signed HB-2748 into law! This could not have been accomplished without the hard work of many! Most importantly this year was our lobbyist, Meghean Dugar, and our sponsor Representative, Amanda Reeve, as well as the cooperation of Senator Frank Antenori. We have many members who have spent their time and money to make this happen - everything from phone calls to meeting with the legislators. Thank you all for all your hard work! I could not be any prouder of the efforts and finally the victory!"
For a downloadable summary of the new law, click here.