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Summary: This legislation amends and redefines “alarm systems”, alarm systems companies, and installers. These amended definitions require installers to be registered with the commission [Section 1702.221(b), Occupations Code]. The bill prohibits a person from acting as or offering to perform the services of a camera systems company unless the person holds a license. Licenses holders under this law would be subject to rules and regulations of the Private Security Act. This act is governed by the Texas Private Security Board under the TxDPS.
Notes: This legislation is intended to require background checks on people who have official access to, or install, camera systems. This legislation would require persons in the industry to pay for a license, registration, endorsement fees to cover the administrative expenses related to processing fingerprints. This bill is an unnecessary expansion of the regulatory powers of government. This bill applies a burden on industry workers, businesses, and creates a barrier to entry. This bill is a trade protectionist bill so that people in the security system industry don't have to compete with larger so-called big box stores, such as Best Buy, which have the ability to sell and install systems at a lower rate than smaller independent companies. We oppose HB 75.