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CCTV is not a "Lock"
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Is a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System a lock?

Does a Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) system meet your definition of a lock? According to the recently introduced Florida Senate Bill SB-658 and House Bill HB-301 CCTV systems have been included in the definition of a lock. The passing of these bills will negatively impact public safety and licensed electrical contractors in the State of Florida. The NLVCA is taking action to modify these bills and place the jurisdiction of locksmith’s regulation under the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation (DBPR) and require that all locksmiths meet the current electrical special – limited energy licensing requirements set forth by the DBPR.


How this Legislation Adversely Affects Electrical Contractors and the Public

These Legislative Bills are being introduced to the State Assembly to regulate Locksmiths through licensing. However, this legislation also defines the word "Lock" as a mechanical, electromechanical, electronic, or electromagnetic device or similar device, including, but not limited to, any peripheral hardware such as, a closed-circuit television system, wireless or infrared transmitter, card reader, keypad, or bio metric scanner, that is designed to control access to and egress from a door, gate, safe, vault, safe-deposit box, motor vehicle, or other enclosure or that is designed to control the use of such enclosure.

The passing of this legislation in Florida would allow locksmiths to become licensed via the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services not the Department of Business & professional Regulations. Technical and business testing and relevant electrical experience is not required as part of the approval process thus opening the door for unqualified individuals without the necessary knowledge, qualifications and electrical experience level to install, service and maintain low voltage systems. These proposed bills are a back door for unqualified, untested, and inexperienced individuals to conduct low voltage system installations, service and maintenance, consequently endangering the public.

The Locksmith Industry is Lobbying Heavily for the Passage of this Legislation

"The locksmith associations in Florida have retained permanent representation at the Capital to make sure our bill gets passed."
Association Locksmith of America
Member Newsletter - January 2010


"More and more, we are seeing companies marketing themselves as security providers who have minimal exposure to the security industry as a whole. Especially with the rapid onset of electronic security in common applications, we are running into more individuals who have negligible training in physical security--they have learned overnight to install something that they do not really understand, and they have little or no background in deciding whether the product choice is appropriate for a particular application. Often they are employed by companies that only make or produce one product; therefore it is unlikely that a comprehensive security analysis is going to take place for the customer."
Mr. Robert E. Mock, President (2005-2007)
Association Locksmith of America


"Today, the security marketplace is flooded with options often unknown to those in fields outside locksmithing. Even a vendor in a related industry who is aware of a new security product is unlikely to have the judgment or qualifications of a highly trained and experienced locksmith."
Mr. Robert E. Mock, President (2005-2007)
Association Locksmith of America


How do you feel about Locksmiths taking Your Electrical Security Work?

Mr. Hans Mejlshede
  "Overcharging. Billing for unnecessary services. Intimidation tactics. Scammers are the single biggest problem for locksmiths in the U.S., as their disreputable business practices tarnish the industry’s reputation and put consumers at risk."
Mr. Hans Mejlshede, CML, President
Association Locksmith of America


Electrical Contractors and the General Public Should Be Very Concerned

If this Legislation is passed in its current form it will allow unqualified Locksmiths to do the same electrical security work as licensed electrical contractors. This loophole in the law must not be created!

This Legislation will be presented to the Florida House and Senate in just a couple weeks and will become law if action is not taken now. Many Congressman in Florida are unaware of the opposition to this Legislation as it is currently written or how it will affect electrical contractors and their business. The NLVCA Legislative network team has been actively working with the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation as well as several members of the General Assembly to expose the danger and hardship this Legislation will have on the electrical industry and the many individuals in our industry. But, the NLVCA needs your help. We urge you to contact your State Representatives and Senators and voice your objection to this legislation.

If We Don't Stop this Legislation... No One Else Will!


               



Florida House of Representatives Bill 301 - lines 114 to 121 Definition of a "Lock"
 


Florida Senate Bill 658 - lines 120 to 127 Definition of a "Lock"

House of Representatives Staff Analysis of HB-307

A. EFFECT OF PROPOSED CHANGES:

This bill creates a regulatory scheme for the locksmith industry and requires licensing of locksmith service providers by the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (department).

Present Situation

At present, there is no statewide regulation of the locksmith industry. Miami-Dade County presently regulates locksmiths.

According to the Associated Locksmiths of America, “[a] professional trained locksmith/security professional may do some or all of the following: install locks, deadbolts and other mechanical or electronic locking devices to safeguard homes, businesses, vehicles and other property. Locksmiths also may modify or repair such devices, rekey locks, make duplicate keys or cards, generate or program new keys/cards for locks whose keys/cards have been lost and respond to emergency calls to unlock vehicles, homes and businesses that have been locked accidentally, or whose locks have malfunctioned. Some locksmiths install and service electronic alarm and surveillance systems. Many locksmiths specify, design, provide, install and service a wide range of electronic access control systems and closed circuit television (CCTV) systems. Because of the integration of electronic security systems with computers and networks, some locksmiths maintain security hardware and software for computer systems.”

Effect of Proposed Changes

This bill creates Part XII “Locksmith Services” within Chapter 559, F.S., (“Florida Locksmith Services Act”). The bill requires all locksmith services businesses to be licensed by the department before providing locksmith services in Florida. This bill does not license individual locksmiths; only locksmiths businesses will be licensed.

Click Here to view the entire House of Representatives Staff Analysis Report
Preliminary Senate Committee votes in favor of Senate Bill 658 (formerly SB-1844 in 2009)

A recent committee vote in the Florida Senate shows that Senators; Victor Crist, Nancy Detert, Evelyn Lynn, Durell Peaden Jr., Nan Rich, Eleanor Sobel, Dan Gelber, and Rudy Garcia voted in favor, with Senators Charlie Justice and Steve Oelrich opposing this bill.  (click here for the: Committee Vote Record)


Electrical contractors and concerned citizens are encouraged to contact the above State Representatives and Senators and express their opinion to the way these bills are written and sign the NLVCA petition so the NLVCA can petition the Florida legislature to act in your behalf.


Legislative Sponsor of House Bill 301 (formerly HB-107 in 2009)
   
Thomas "Tom" Anderson (R) - Florida Representative

Capital Office
1301 The Capitol
402 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1300

Office: (850) 488-8528

District Office
2236 US Highway 19
Mount Vernon Professional Center
Holiday, FL 34691-4351

Office: (727) 943-4760
Website: Click Here
Email: Click Here

Legislative Sponsor of Senate Bill 658 (formerly SB-1844 in 2009)
   
Victor D. Crist (R) - Florida Senator 12 District

Tallahassee Office
208 Senate Office Building
404 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100

Office: (850) 487-5068

District Office
11961 N. Florida Avenue
Suite B
Tampa, FL 33612

Office: (813) 975-6658
Website: Click Here
Email: Click Here

Links:
House Bill 301 - Locksmith Services - Click Here to view complete House Bill

House Bill 301 - Agriculture & Natural Resources Policy Committee Vote on 3/3/2010 (11 Yes votes, 1 No vote)

House Bill 301 - Locksmith Services - Summary of Bill History

Senate Bill 658 - An Act Relating to Locksmith Sevices - Click Here to view complete Senate Bill

Senate Bill 658 - An Act Relating to Locksmith Sevices - Summary of Bill History

Florida House of Representatives

Florida Senators


Sign the NLVCA Petition to modify Florida legislative bills; HB-301 and SB-658


Your submittal of this petition to the NLVCA indicates your opposition to the currently drafted Florida House Bill HB-301 and Senate Bill SB-658 and similar legislation that would authorize locksmiths to install, repair and/or service alarm and limited energy systems as defined and regulated by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation without first meeting the current DBPR qualifications; required business and technical testing, criminal background check, insurance and job experience.

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