Government Watch

Wednesday, July 1, 2009
SIA lauds legislators
During its June 2-3 Government Summit, the Security Industry Association honored a number of legislators and one ADT employee for work on behalf of the security industry. Rep. Ed Towns (D-N.Y.), was named SIA’s legislator of the year. Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), received SIA’s Global Security Leadership Award for his efforts to enact the Agricultural Business Security Tax Credit Act. Global Security Leadership Awards were also given to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.). SIA presented Jay Hauhn, vice president for technology and industry relations for ADT, with its Statesman Award for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the security industry. 
Sunny news from Florida
In a message to the Alarm Association of Florida, AAF lobbyist Eric Prutsman told members that the recently completed legislative term was a success for the alarm industry. Gov. Charlie Christ signed a workers’ compensation bill that will “eliminate the need for double-digit increases to workers’ compensation rates.” In other “great news,” Prutsman noted that Gov. Christ vetoed SB 714. This bill contained a provision that delayed the required retrofit of fire sprinkler systems from 2014 to the 2025.  According to Prutsman, the Governor asked DBPR to conduct a study on the costs of the retrofit and related savings on insurance premiums and provide the study to him by October 1, 2009.