NBFAA alerts members to New Hampshire bill

SSN Staff  - 
Thursday, April 20, 2006

IRVING, Texas--The National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, at the behest of the New Hampshire Alarm Association, has asked its members to communicate with the New Hampshire State Senate regarding HB 1595, a bill that would require the licensing of technicians installing low-voltage electronic systems, including security systems.
In its original form, as sponsored by Ronald Nowe (R-Epping), HB 1595 would have established "a program for the voluntary certification of electronic systems technicians," but the bill was amended this week by the House Executive Departments and Administration Committee and reported to the State Senate as a mandatory licensing bill, with a recommendation to do an interim study of the licensing of electronic systems technicians.
The NBFAA is urging its members who do business in New Hampshire "to voice opposition to this committee recommendation" as soon as possible, as the bill comes to the floor of the Senate as early as today, April 20. The NBFAA also emphasized it does not oppose licensing per se, just "any bill which excludes our members during the consideration and creation of legislation, which is what we are faced with today in New Hampshire."