Ohio Bill Would Set License Requirements for Security and Life-Safety Pros

The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) reports that an important bill affecting security and life-safety systems dealers has passed the state's House of Representatives.

Ohio House Bill 41, which passed 82-14 on Oct. 10, would affect the licensing of security and life-safety dealers, as well as locksmiths. The bill has been supported by the Ohio Burglar and Fire Alarm Association (OBFAA) and its lobbyist Ron Stake.

At its core, the bill, which was authored by State Representative Joe Uecker, would push for excellence in the security industry by requiring licensing and background checks, and by putting in place training requirements.

The bill still has to pass Ohio's Senate and be approved by the governor, so the process is far from over, however, the passage of the bill by the representatives was considered a "milestone" by those involved in defining and supporting the legislation.

Download the text of HB41 directly from the Ohio General Assembly.