CEDIA Government Affairs Update: There is No Offseason

Nick McLain
Aug 04, 2016

Government affairsA little background: In January 2015, the Kentucky Department of Housing, Buildings and Construction (DHBC) proposed a low-voltage regulation that would’ve required a certificate to do the work.

While CEDIA is not opposed to common-sense regulation, the initial proposal had several glaring issues, and Darren Reaman and I went to Frankfort in March 2015 to testify against the measure. As it happened, we were far from the only ones — more than 50 people from various segments of the low-voltage community testified. Taking the hint, the department scrapped the proposed regulation and formed a low-voltage task force made up of representatives from the industry. CEDIA member Barney Miller of Barney Miller’s, Inc. was the CEDIA representative.

After several months, the task force helped produce a legislative bill, Kentucky House Bill 439, that all parties could live with, and the legislation was introduced in February 2016. The bill was referred to committee and never went anywhere before the session adjourned in late April.

The DHBC, undeterred and apparently intent on having some sort of low-voltage certification in place, reintroduced a regulation in June. In July, CEDIA wrote a letter and made clear several concerns we had with the regulation. A recent meeting of the DHBC, scheduled for July 6, was canceled when several people said they could not attend.

Rest assured, when the meeting does happen, CEDIA will have a presence there and ensure any regulation makes sense and accurately defines our industry and the work you do.

Government Affairs Working Group Meets for the First Time

The recently created CEDIA Government Affairs Working Group met for the first time on Thursday, June 30, at CEDIA Headquarters in Indianapolis. The working group included Chairman Ken Erdmann of Erdmann Electric, Eric Bodley of Future Ready Solutions, Ryan Herd of 1 Sound Choice, David Siever of DISH Smart Home Services, Chris Heaton of the Electronic Security Association, and Troy Olson of Best Buy.

The day-long meeting included lots of lively debate, including what technology might become a battleground for future legislative battles. The CEDIA Government Affairs Working Group will stay in touch throughout the year and serves as a forum for overarching discussions of departmental initiatives.

CEDIA State Captains Needed

We want to thank the state captains who served us throughout 2016. Most are staying on for next year, but we do still have vacancies in the following states: Texas, Minnesota, Washington, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Montana, and Louisiana.

If you or someone you know would like to volunteer, please contact Nick McLain at 317.222.3253.

CEDIA Licensing Guide Coming Soon

The annual CEDIA Government Affairs Home Technology Professionals Licensing & Regulatory Reference Directory is nearing completion, as Darren and I are finishing up the final stages of editing. The directory serves as a general reference of laws and regulations that govern the installation of electronic systems for home technology professionals. It provides a snapshot overview of codes for each U.S. state, the District of Columbia, and the Canadian provinces.

Say Hi to Darren at CEDIA 2016

Darren Reaman, CEDIA Director of Government Affairs, will be attending CEDIA 2016 from September 15-17 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. If you see him, come up and say hello! Don’t forget to wear your CEDIA Government Affairs lapel pin to show that you’re a proud supporter of our initiatives. If you don’t have a pin, feel free to call me at 317.222.3253, or email me.



CEDIA blog posts are intended to provide general information and should not be regarded as legal opinions or advice.

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