BFAAM Forces Telecoms to Compromise

As you know, BFAAM has been enbroiled in a war with AT&T and Comcast who pushed  legislation (Senate Bills 1291-1292) to undermine the industry license and allow them to enter the industry with no regulatory oversight and no criminal background checks.

SB 1291 and SB 1292 passed the House, returned to the Senate for a concurrence vote, and are now on their way to Governor Snyder for his signature.

BFAAM lobbyists and BFAAM leadership worked tirelessly on these bills.  In fact, President Belisle was in Lansing multiple times working on this legislation on behalf of the industry, and BFAAM lobbyists drove across the state meeting with legislators on this issue.

BFAAM scored some victories namely by making the large telecommunications companies compromise on several fronts when they are not accustomed to compromising at all.  While BFAAM remains opposed to both bills, BFAAM was able to substantially impact the shape of both bills.  All told, BFAAM won 2 of its 3 top priorities, and 6 of its 7 requests in all.  The only item BFAAM was not able to win was background checks for monitoring staff.  The BFAAM victories include: 

  • those security alarm companies who register with the state will no longer need to be licensed by the state, so security alarm companies will not face duplicate regulations;
  • the BFAAM definition of alarm system used to update the definition instead of the definition devised by AT&T;
  • background checks with fingerprint requirements remain a requirement for all security alarm company employees who enter customer premises;
  • enforcement is now across the board for registered and un-registered activity;
  • re-instatement of bonding/insurance requirements; and
  • those with felonies are not able to enter customer homes when working within the industry. 

 

Also as a result of BFAAM conversations, those with criminal sexual conduct records are not allowed in the industry either.  This does not exist under the current license.

BFAAM will communicate its opposition to Governor Snyder and try to convince him not to sign this poor public policy into law.