With Super Tuesday looming and the Presidential race heating up, the news cycle will certainly be busy this week as candidates vie for primary victories. Cue the late show monologues, celebrity Twitter endorsements, and satirical cartoons.
This election season has a lot of us looking at the big issues on a national level, but even amidst the debates, campaign commercials, and unending Facebook commentary, lesser-known but equally important battles continue to be fought on the state level.
Lots of issues that affect the day-to-day of your business and your ability to operate in the low-voltage space are seen and debated in statehouses across the country. The CEDIA Government Affairs team monitors legislation like a campaign manager monitors the polls – carefully, consistently, and with a laser focus.
There may not be legislation up for debate in your state currently, but that does not mean you’re out of the woods. New legislation is introduced every day, and your CEDIA membership helps support both statewide and federal monitoring of any potentially harmful legislation. Ensure you continue to support these vital efforts when you renew your membership today at cedia.net/renew
Below are just a few examples of the active legislation CEDIA is currently mobilized on:
- Indiana – Introduced in January, Senate Bill 312, a statewide electrical licensing bill, is the same legislation as Senate Bill 430 (2015). CEDIA has requested a meeting with the bill sponsor to introduce a legislative clarifying amendment to ensure home technology professionals are not licensed as electrical contractors. As introduced, the definition for electrical contracting is “light, heat, power, and signaling.”
- Massachusetts – House Bill 3846 is an act seeking to streamline low-voltage alarm system installation and permitting. While the legislation’s intent is to streamline the local permit requirements for security systems, CEDIA is concerned that the legislation as introduced would require home technology professionals to get a systems contractors license (alarm license) for all home automation projects. CEDIA has submitted an amendment ensuring that no new or additional licensure requirements in residential or commercial premises will be imposed. HB 3846 was heard as part of a public hearing before the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection & Professional Licensure on January 26. CEDIA submitted written testimony for the hearing.
- Missouri – Senate Bill 773/House Bill 2063 both concern the issue of statewide electrical licensing. Each has an exemption for the work of home technology professionals. Senate Bill 773 has the updated exemption CEDIA worked on with ESA and SBCA in 2014. House Bill 2063, however, has the original exemption CEDIA worked to add in 2004. CEDIA has proposed an amendment for HB 2063 to the bill sponsor, Representative Mathews. The amendment will update the exemption for home technology professionals to ensure HB 2063 has the same language as SB 773.
- New Jersey – CEDIA continues to work through the New Jersey Red Tape Commission. The goal of the commission is to create a job-friendly business climate in the state. Governor Christie and Lt. Governor Guadagno want to target burdensome regulations so that business-to-government interaction is seamless and productive while at the same time protecting public health, safety, and the environment.
CEDIA continues to work towards a legislative or regulatory fix to the telecommunications wiring exemption to better support the technologies that home technology professionals install. One of the reasons for this proposed amendment is to ensure home technology professionals don’t have to get an unnecessary electrical license for work CEDIA members have done for years. CEDIA representatives continue to meet with legislators and staff on the issue.
New Jersey Assembly Bill 1972 has been introduced and CEDIA continues to monitor its status. AB 1972 was AB 1242, in 2014, the alarm systems licensing legislation which impacts home automation systems and Internet devices.
As a CEDIA member you also have access to the CEDIA Home Technology Professionals Licensing & Regulatory Reference Directory
which provides a snapshot overview of codes for each state in the U.S., as well as the District of Columbia and the Canadian provinces. Members interested in being more involved at their state level can join the CEDIA Grassroots Legislative Network
to be part of the monitoring and strategic activities.
Keeping a close eye on the legislative issues is just one way your CEDIA membership works for your business. Make sure your membership is up to date or learn more about the numerous benefits available to you as a member at cedia.net/join