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SIA Sends Letter of Opposition to Michigan SB1291 and 1292

Legislation circumvents laws on background checks

November 1, 2012

Rob Traister
Manager of Communications
Security Industry Association
(301) 804-4704

Silver Spring, MD – The Security Industry Association (SIA) has expressed its opposition to legislation that circumvents current law in the State of Michigan by weakening background checks on security system installers in that state.

In a letter to Michigan Statehouse leadership, SIA’s membership strongly urged defeat of Senate Bill 1291 and 1292, the “Internet Protocol-Enabled Premises Security, Monitoring, and Control Act” and amendments to “Private Security Business and Security Alarm Act.”

In its letter, SIA stated the current legislative proposal is unnecessary, would contradict existing law, would be duplicative and would effectively create a new tax for homeowners seeking an electronic security solution.

“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,” said SIA Chairman Jay Hauhn.

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