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-1844 and House Bill HB-107 CCTV systems have been included in the definition of a lock. The passing of these bills may 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 new law would adversely affect the public safety
The passing of Florida SB-1844 and HB-107 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 experience is not required as part of the approval process thus opening the door for unqualified individuals without the necessary knowledge, qualifications and 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.
Florida House of Representatives Bill 107 - lines 114 to 121 Definition of a "Lock"
Florida Senate Bill 1844 - lines 187 to 194 Definition of a "Lock"
Preliminary Senate Committee votes in favor of Senate Bill 1844
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.
Sign the NLVCA Petition to modify Florida legislative bills; HB-107 and SB-1844
Your submittal of this petition to the NLVCA indicates your opposition to the currently drafted Florida House Bill HB-107 and Senate Bill SB-1884 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.