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NBFAA in life safety legislation lobby

National Burglar And Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) : 14 May, 2009  (Company News)
Life safety and security message taken to Capitol Hill in the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association's third annual government lobbying action
Members of the National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) took their messages directly to the nation's capitol during the association's third annual Day on Capitol Hill, in a successful grassroots effort to educate national legislators about the concerns of electronic life safety and security professionals.

One of the highlights of the two-day event was the presentation of the NBFAA 2009 Legislator of the Year award to Rep. Michael Arcuri, (D-NY). Rep. Arcuri is the sponsor of H.R. 1680, the Long-Term Care Life Safety Act of 2009, which authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to make grants to promote professional retrofit installation of fire alarm detection systems and other fire detection and prevention technologies in nursing homes, assisted-living residences and other appropriate facilities. This presentation took place at the NBFAA luncheon on April 29.

Other bills discussed with legislators during the two-day event were:

* Support of H.R. 1939, the Electronic Life Safety and Security & Systems Federal Background Check Act co-sponsored by Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (R-MO) which directs the Attorney General to permit the electronic life safety, security and systems profession to access the FBI database and to provide employers with relevant criminal history record information; and

* Opposition to H.R. 1409, the Employee Free Choice Act of 2009, sponsored by Rep. George Miller (D-CA) which would remove American workers' right to a private election and replace it with the "card check" process making workers' votes public to the employer, union organizers and co-workers. The passage of this bill would give organized labor an unfair advantage in union organizing at the expense of both employees and employers. Under this "card check" process, workers' votes are made public to the employer, union organizers and co-workers.

"There is no substitute for direct, face-to-face meetings between elected officials in Congress and their key staffs and their constituents, such as NBFAA's owners and state chapters. Day on Capitol Hill in Washington provided NBFAA attendees the opportunity to discuss their legislative agendas directly with their Senators and Congressmen. We were very pleased at the number of contacts made and the positive way we were received as an industry. We are already working on the next 2010 event," said John Chwat, NBFAA Government Relations director.

NBFAA President Mike Miller said, "The 2009 Day on Capitol Hill was another successful effort on the part of our members to connect with their legislators and to represent our industry. Our members know what is needed to protect our nation's citizens and to enhance public safety in the United States. It's important to the security industry that we present our concerns and issues directly to our legislators."

More than 65 NBFAA members, including association board members and state leaders from across the United States, joined the government relations team during the two-day event. NBFAA's Day on Capitol Hill was sponsored by GE Security, Honeywell, Altronix and Security America Risk Retention Group.
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