Secure Border Act (H.R. 1299) Passes House
Legislation shaped by SIA includes provisions for video and other security solutions
May 31, 2012
Security Industry Association
Alexandria, VA – The Security Industry Association (SIA) applauds the passage of H.R. 1299 – the Secure Border Act – by the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.
SIA helped shape the legislation, which was introduced by Rep. Candice Miller of Michigan, by recommending strategies that feature video cameras and other security technologies, ensuring that the use of electronic physical security equipment would be a priority within the Department of Homeland Security’s border security strategies. H.R. 1299 promotes the use of a comprehensive technology plan for major surveillance and detection technology programs, including a justification and rationale for technology choices and deployment locations.
The Secure Border Act will direct the Secretary of Homeland Security to submit to Congress a comprehensive strategy for gaining operational control of the international borders between U.S. ports of entry, and also calls for the development of a five-year plan to ensure the vision of complete operational control is being met in border areas.
The strategy will propose, among other things, staffing requirements, infrastructure investments, and the use of unmanned aerial vehicle, detection, and security equipment.
The bill is awaiting introduction into the U.S. Senate, which goes back into session on Monday, June 4. SIA will restate its support for passage of this measure to the appropriate Senate committee once the jurisdiction of this bill is determined.
The Security Industry Association (www.siaonline.org) is the leading trade group for businesses in the electronic and physical security industry. SIA protects and advances its members' interests by advocating pro-industry policies and legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the 50 states; producing cutting-edge global market research; creating open industry standards that enable integration; advancing industry professionalism through education and training; opening global market opportunities. As sole sponsor of the ISC Expos, the world’s largest security trade shows and conferences, SIA ensures its members have access to top-level buyers and influencers as well as unparalleled learning and network opportunities.