Security Industry Association Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan Senate Bills that Weaken Background Checks

The Security Industry Association (SIA) has sent a letter of opposition to Michigan Statehouse leadership strongly urging the defeat of Senate Bill 1291 (SB 1291) and Senate Bill 1292 (SB 1292), the “Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act” and amendments to “Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.” According to the SIA letter, this legislation circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state. For more information, visit the SIA Press Room at https://www.siaonline.org/content.aspx?id=10750.

The SIA stated in its letter that the current legislative proposal of SB 1291 and SB 1292 is unnecessary, would contradict existing law, would be duplicative, and would effectively create a new tax for homeowners seeking an electronic security solution. SIA Chairman Jay Hauhn said: “We are greatly concerned that the legislation would ignore or provide loopholes in state and federal criminal background check requirements. We cannot imagine that any policymaker would seriously consider a bill that would allow companies to conduct ‘in-house’ background checks.”

The SIA is the leading trade group for businesses in the electronic physical security industry that protects and advances the interests of its members by advocating policies and legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the 50 United States. For more information about the SIA, visit http://www.siaonline.org/. To learn more about Michigan Senate Bill 1291 (SB 1291), visit http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-SB-1291. To learn more about Michigan Senate Bill 1292 (SB 1292), visit http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-SB-1292.

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Sources:
https://www.siaonline.org/content.aspx?id=10750
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-SB-1291
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?2012-SB-1292

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