CEDIA’s Government Affairs Program works daily to be the voice of the residential technology systems industry. We support our members by keeping their businesses free of troublesome, costly impediments. Issues we track and lobby on include statewide electrical licensing, security/home automation licensing, and electronic waste programs.
While some states are finishing their 2017 legislative sessions, many states are in session throughout the year. So far in 2017, CEDIA has been tracking over 200 legislative bills from 41 states, and 52 regulations from 21 states. The following states currently have priority legislation in 2017: California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, and New Jersey.
California – CEDIA has submitted written testimony opposing Senate Bill 327, legislation relating to information privacy for connected devices. CEDIA recognizes the importance of information privacy, but in its current form, the bill has numerous potentially detrimental consequences for manufacturers, technology integrators, and retailers. Senate Bill 327 is scheduled to be heard before the Senate Judiciary committee on May 9. Hawaii
– CEDIA opposed Senate Bill 865, legislation that would have required additional licensing requirements for electronic systems contractor licensees. Maryland
– Defeated House Bill 1368, a statewide electrical licensing bill which would have required technology integrators to be licensed as a master electrician. Massachusetts
– Monitoring House Bill 1992 currently in committee that would create a telecommunications systems license. As introduced, HB 1992 has an exemption for the installation of telecommunications systems in residential construction. CEDIA has been involved on this issue in Massachusetts since 2003. Missouri
– Senate Bill 240, a statewide electrical licensing bill continues to move through the legislative process. Since 2004, CEDIA has worked to ensure there is an exemption for low-voltage work from the electrical licensing requirements. New Jersey
– In addition to multiple legislative bills, CEDIA is working with the New Jersey Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors to amend/update the Limited Telecommunications Wiring Exemption.
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