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Do You Know the Laws in Every State Where You Do Business?

Nick McLain
May 16, 2016

Staying current with the laws and regulations governing the work you do is critical if you want to stay in business. Use the CEDIA Licensing & Regulatory Reference Directory to ensure you’re in compliance not only in your state, but also in any surrounding states where you do business.

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Have You or Your Company Been the Victim of Patent Trolls?

Nick McLain
Mar 29, 2016

CEDIA has joined United for Patent Reform, and we’re seeking stories that demonstrate the far-reaching impact of this issue and the need for reform.
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Super Tuesday, CEDIA Membership, and You

Olivia Sellke
Feb 29, 2016

The CEDIA Government Affairs team monitors legislation like a campaign manager monitors the polls – carefully, consistently, and with a laser focus.

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CEDIA Legislative Rundown

CEDIA
Jan 12, 2015

The start of 2015 has been busy for the CEDIA Government Affairs team, especially as it relates to burdensome regulations currently being proposed in New Jersey.

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It’s Almost That Time: Legislative Season!

Nick McLain
Nov 06, 2014

statehouseBy the time you’re reading this, Election Day has already come and passed. Darren Reaman, CEDIA Director of Government Affairs, and I have begun our process of sorting through the results and what it means for our battles in various states.

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“Lobbying” Isn’t a Dirty Word

Nick McLain
May 29, 2014

Capitol buildingFor as long as I can remember, I’ve somehow held both great interest in, and simultaneously, revulsion for, politics.

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Taking Care of Business, Every Day…With Your Help

Nick McLain
Mar 31, 2014

gavel and booksWhoo! You’ll have to give me a second to catch my breath.

Darren Reaman, CEDIA Public Policy Director, warned me that the first few months of legislative season were a grind. He wasn’t kidding.

State legislatures around the country didn’t hesitate to get the ball rolling early. Three bills emerged as ones of particular concern.

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We Need YOU to Win Our Legislative Battles

Nick McLain
Jan 10, 2014

statehouseWith the new year upon us, legislators around the country will descend on state capitols to begin the work of government. For Darren Reaman, CEDIA Director of Public Policy, and myself, that means our jobs are about to go from busy to non-stop.

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Productive Partnerships Form on State Security Licensing Issues

Darren Reaman
Nov 11, 2013

During the 2013 legislative sessions, a wave of state security licensing bills rolled across U.S. state legislatures.

As written, much of this legislation had the potential to require home technology professionals to get security licensing for 100 percent of the work they do.

CEDIA invested many hours monitoring and lobbying on this legislative activity, all with the goal of protecting our members from potentially harmful legislation.

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Legislative Battles Hint at an Emerging Push for Security Licensing

Nick McLain
Sep 10, 2013

Everyone in the CEDIA offices around the world works their tail off for our members and this industry. That being said, there’s one guy in our stateside office who stands out for his tireless work ethic: Darren Reaman, CEDIA’s director of public policy. Aside from being the hardest-working guy in the office, he’s also probably the nicest. Under that amiable exterior, however, is a strong drive to ensure our members don’t lose ground in any legislative battles.
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It’s Who You Know…And Who Knows You

Darren Reaman
Feb 19, 2013

When it comes to public policy, they say it’s important to know who your legislator is – but even more important that they know who you are.

Case in point: Right now, we’re in the heart of the state legislative sessions. As state legislators review bills coming across their desks, they try to think of how the proposed legislation would affect their constituents.

If your legislator is aware of your business and has an understanding of the work you do, when something like statewide electrical licensing or e-waste legislation arises – two of the most common types of legislative issues CEDIA works on at the state level – your business provides a concrete, personal example of how the legislation would affect economic activity in their legislative district.
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Sitting Here on Capitol Hill…

CEDIA
Dec 17, 2012

"I'm just a bill. Yes, I'm only a bill. And I'm sitting here on Capitol Hill."

Raise your hand if you can remember learning the ins and outs of legislation from a cartoon bill singing about his adventures on Capitol Hill. Despite the fact the song was guaranteed to be stuck in your head all day, this School House Rock cartoon did much more than entertain you (or your children) during morning cartoons, it helped spark knowledge and insight on something very important: how laws are made.
   
As some of you may know, all it takes is one law to drastically change the way your business is run or what you can offer to your clients. But let’s be honest, you can’t track all the legislation on your own, that’s where CEDIA comes into the picture.

To help you understand, we have put together an infographic to help you learn how CEDIA tracks legislation for members to protect the interests of you business.


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And for those that have never seen the School House Rock segment, click here. We apologize in advance if the tune gets stuck in your head.
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Notes from the Road: The Post-Election Legislative Outlook

Darren Reaman
Nov 08, 2012

While the dust has begun to settle from the election season, work continues for the upcoming 2013 legislative sessions, which promise to be active. Continuing to build upon CEDIA’s legislative resources is more important than ever.

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Heads-Up: Your Company May Be Required to Post this New Notice

CEDIA
Apr 16, 2012

Updated April 18, 2012: On Friday, April 13, a federal district court in South Carolina struck down the National Labor Relations Board’s rule requiring the posting of employee rights, which had been scheduled to take effect on April 30, 2012. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has granted the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace’s request for an injunction, delaying the effective date in this matter until the Court has a chance to hear arguments and issue a ruling. Effectively, this means that the April 30 date is no longer valid. CEDIA is a member of the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace and will continue to monitor this issue.
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CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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