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The Death of House Bill 1301

The alarm industry rejoices after Springfield victory but IESA continues to keep a watchful eye on other possible and similar bills

By Natalia Kosk

March 16, 2011 marked a victorious day for the private alarm monitoring business. The Illinois Electronic Security Association (IESA), with 95 attendees in tow, made their mark in Springfield, Ill., in opposition of House Bill 1301, legislation which fire districts were working to pass that would allow them to operate their own central monitoring stations and which in turn, would potentially put numbers of central monitoring stations and other alarm professionals out of business.

"House Bill 1301 is not going to pass-that bill is dead," confirmed Kevin Lehan, executive director, IESA and manager of Public Relations, EMERgency24. According to Lehan, the bill was not called for an Executive Committee hearing and was re-referred tothe Rules Committee.

Yet while alarm industry professionals can breathe a little bit easier and celebrate in this win, they still need to become involved in their community's government and watch for local ordinances in their areas of operation that will have the same impact as the formerly proposed HB1301. The language used in HB1301 could still be added as an amendment to other bills that are moving forward, Lehan added.

Some of these other bills will be presented to the 97th General Assembly before May 31st when the spring session closes. A number of the bills moving forward to watch for include HB1300; HB1359; HB1360; HB1362; and HB1363.

"One of the biggest problems that we had with House Bill 1301 is that it is specifying a technology," Lehan explained. "The technology is certainly viable but it is 10 years old. Once the dollars start rolling in, there is no incentive for fire districts to offer more services or even better services, like the private alarm industry does. The customer loses in the process, the service level will go down and the costs will go up. There are other ways for fire districts to balance their budgets besides taking over an industry-our alarm industry. What we need to do better as an industry is work more closely with emergency responders. We need to explain that there are better ways for them to meet their budgets, such as alarm registration or user fees. That way, fire protection districts can maintain their current staffing and the private alarm industry will continue to filter out signals that are not true emergencies," Lehan confirmed.

Scores of monitoring representatives made the trip to Springfield to voice their opposition. Attendees that traveled to Springfield to stop the passing of the bill included: ABS Business Solutions Inc., Hoffman Estates, Ill.; Acadian Monitoring Services, Lafayette, La.; ADI, Melville, N.Y.; ADT, Boca Raton, Fla.; Alarm Detection Systems (ADS), Aurora, Ill.; Comtech Security & Loss Prevention, Chicago; COPS Inc. Security Solutions, Peoria, Ill.; D&I Electronics, Plainfield, Ill.; DMC Security Services, Midlothian, Ill.; Early Warning Alarms Inc., Chicago; EMERgency24, Des Plaines, Ill.; EverSafe Security Systems, Keyport, N.J.; FE Moran Alarm & Monitoring, Champaign, Ill.; George Alarm Co., Springfield, Ill.; Interlogix, Bradenton, Fla.; Keyth Technologies, Highland Park, Ill.; Knight Security Alarms Inc., New Lenox, Ill.; LaMarCo Systems, Northbrook, Ill.; M&S Security Services, Bloomington, Ill.; Midwest Central Dispatch, Manito, Ill.; Monarch Alarm, Niles, Ill.; Nitech Fire and Security, Bloomingdale, Ill.; Norcomm Public Safety Communications, Bellevue, Wash.; Oberlander Alarm Systems, Peoria, Ill.; Paladin Communications, Chicago; Protection Plus Security Systems, Inc., Fremont, Calif.; Quality Alarm Systems, Inc., Alsip, Ill.; Quality Integrated Solutions (QIS) Inc., Chicago; Romeo Security, Shelby Township, Mich.; Security Alarm Corp., Port Charlotte, Fla.; Sentry Alarms One, Inc., Northbrook, Ill.; Service Security Technologies Inc., Machesney Park, Ill.; SMG Security Systems, Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Stand Guard, Crystal Lake, Ill.; The Alarm Guyz Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill.; Thomas Alarm Inc., Yorkville, Ill.; United Systems, Quincy, Ill.; Young's Security Systems, Springfield, Ill.; and Zoepaz Inc., Lombard, Ill.