“We need everyone’s support now more than ever, especially with the licensing moving forward in the legislature,” she said. “That will be a big focus for us at the ESX meeting—drumming up support and member involvement,” she said.
While the organization has always been fortunate to have the involvement of the majority of its members, what with the recession, job cuts and skyrocketing costs, PBFAA has had to get the word out to get more members to take an active role, Simpson said.
“Licensing is extremely important because it unites the organization and puts us in charge of determining how we are classified in the state,” she continued. “For example, a couple years ago it looked like we (security) might be included in a bill for licensing electricians but it didn’t go anywhere. We want to establish ourselves before someone outside the industry does,” she said.
The PBFAA continues to provide tangible value to its members in education and training and important issues as pending legislation. Without the efforts of its original founders, and many of those still around today as well as the new constituents, suffice to say the story here would be quite different and perhaps not as upbeat.
Two topics will be on the tips of tongues at the ESX show and the PBFAA membership meeting—the recently passed Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act and pending state alarm licensing. The Board of Directors and Membership of the PBFAA strongly oppose the inclusion of the alarm industry in the Home Improvement Consumer Protection Act and seeks to have legislation introduced to amend the current Act to remove the alarm industry.
Pending alarm licensing will also be on the agenda at ESX and PBFAA plans to hold a Special Membership meeting to discuss the status of legislation and rally support on June 25th at 11 a.m., immediately following the 10:30 Board of Directors meeting. Visit for details.