A New Year
NCESA has changed its name and is now the North Carolina Security and Low Voltage Association (NCSLVA), effective January 1, 2021.
Legislative Report July 8, 2022
Friday, July 1st marked the last full day of short session, but legislators aren’t putting Raleigh in their rearview mirrors for long. According to the adjournment resolution, a “sine die” adjournment (final adjournment) isn’t expected until December. In the meantime, the resolution calls for monthly “check in” sessions, as described by Speaker Moore. During these sessions, legislators will be able to take up only a limited number of issues - elections bills, litigation and emergencies, to adopt conference reports, and/or to address any vetoes from Gov. Cooper. Under the House's version of the adjournment resolution, the December session would have included a vote on a “Medicaid modernization plan.” Since the Senate opposed and did not act on the House's study alternative to their Medicaid expansion and healthcare reform bill, that was excluded from the final resolution.
The General Assembly has reserved the option to return on the following dates to handle any necessary business:
Legislative Report June 27, 2022
According to an announcement from House Speaker Tim Moore, this biennium’s short session will be wrapping up this week, with or without a budget agreement. So far, budget negotiations have been between the Republican-led chambers, who appear to have their differences on a number of issues, but mainly on Medicaid expansion. According to House Appropriations Chairman Jason Saine negotiations between the chambers have broken down. “We have a two-year budget. I think the House position, at least as chairman of Appropriations, my position all along has been we’re OK if we don’t get a budget this year. There’s nothing that I have to have immediately, and I think the state will still be in a good place. We would like to get those raises to our employees. It’s been a priority of the House. But if someone’s put a line in the sand, we can’t go there, we might just have to walk out,” Rep. Saine told reporters.
One of the “lines in the sand” Rep. Saine is referring to is Medicaid expansion. In one of the most monumental moves of this session, the Senate overwhelmingly supported a measure that would expand Medicaid and access to care through House Bill 149. This bill swiftly passed through the Senate in a week’s time, but did not exactly receive a warm welcome once it reached the House side. Many House Republicans still have some heartburn over the concept of Medicaid expansion, according to the Speaker. The bill has sat in House Rules for the past couple weeks, however conversations about the bill’s language have most certainly been taking place behind closed doors and during budget negotiations. We always knew that this issue would be a sticking point between the chambers, with the Senate nearly in complete support and Senate leader Berger and Gov. Cooper both publicly committed. On Wednesday night, the House responded with their answer: the House rolled out a new version of Senate Bill 408 in House Health on Thursday morning, which would task the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) with negotiating with the federal government and developing a Medicaid Modernization Plan that would then be brought before the bill’s newly-created Joint Legislative Committee on Medicaid Rate Modernization and Savings on December 15, 2022 for a vote. “So, the House has gone from ‘No’ to ‘Let’s study it again,’" Senate leader Berger said in a statement. "Remember, we authorized a study in last year’s budget. It is past time for action. The House should pass the Senate version ... or we should agree to incorporate it into the budget.” Read the full report here.
Legislative Report June 17, 2022
There has been a flurry of activity on Jones Street since this short session has begun, and last week was no exception. On top of full calendars between committee meetings and floor votes, budget writers have been busy negotiating a budget that would be agreeable to both chambers. It is rumored that they have come a long way in negotiations already, and that it will be sent to the corner offices soon (which means it will go to Sen. Berger and Rep. Moore). If this does happen soon, and the Speaker and Senate leader can move forward with negotiations between themselves and the Governor, then there is actually potential that this short session will actually be short. Time will tell, but it seems legislative leaders are still aiming to have legislators back in their districts by the beginning of July. Read the full report here.
Legislative Report June 6, 2022
Legislators didn’t waste any time getting back to work and started the short session with a bang, rolling out several controversial pieces of legislation in the first week of the session. Usually, it takes several weeks for any real work to be done so we have to think they are serious about it truly being a “short” session. Please see below for some of the notable bills that were heard in committee. Read the full report here.
Alarm Systems Licensing Board Emergency Rule Amendment
An Emergency rule amendment was adopted by the Alarm Systems Licensing Board at its May 21, 2020 meeting to address the concerns of license applicants in light of the various Executive Orders issued by the Governor and certain counties in response to the current COVID-19 Crisis. The intent is to ease a restriction on applications for licensure and is effective June 9, 2020.
In order to make this amendment a permanent change to its administrative rules the Board is simultaneously starting the Temporary rulemaking process. In keeping with that statutory procedure, there is a 15-day Public Comment period which begins runs through June 30 , 2020. You may contact Director Paul Sherwin at the Board’s office with any written public comment. The Board will adopt this rule amendment as a Temporary rule at its July 16, 2020 Board meeting. Read the full report
IMPORTANT REMINDER RE: North Carolina deadline for transition to 10-Digit Dialing October 24, 2021 in the 910 area code
This is a reminder of changes that may need to be made by Burglar and Fire Alarm companies in preparation for the nationwide implementation of 988 as the 3-digit abbreviated dialing code for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline are completed by October 24, 2021.
It is imperative that alarm companies in the NORTH CAROLINA 910 area code reprogram alarm panels in customers’ premises if they currently are programed to dial out 7-digits to reach the alarm monitoring bureau. If they are dialing out 7-digits now, they must be reprogramed to dial out a 10-digit (or 1+10-digit) number which includes the area code plus telephone number. Such updates or reprogramming must occur between April 24, 2021, and October 24, 2021 (the permissive dialing period). Any required changes must be completed by October 24, 2021.
No change is needed if the alarm panels are currently dialing out 10-digits (or 1+10-digits), or if they are dialing out a toll free number (800, 888, 844, etc.) to reach the alarm monitoring bureau.
Additional information about this transition on the NANPA website.
We know this is an extraordinary time for your family and business and we hope that you are healthy and doing well. The North Carolina Security and Low Voltage Association continues to work for you and the other members of the Association by providing training, working at the legislature to make sure your business is not taxed or burdened unnecessarily, and providing a voice for the industry to the Alarm Systems Licensing Board and other regulatory agencies.
But your help is needed. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Security and Low Voltage Association is unable to have our annual convention (our most significant funding source), and attendance for our training events is also down significantly. This pandemic has had a substantial impact on our cash flow as we continue to work on our members behalf. While we have worked for our members and helped to lessen regulation and save money on your bottom line, we now need help from you as members.
We ask that you contribute to NCSLVA to help us make up this year’s shortfall. If you have not renewed your membership please do so now! Your contribution and/or membership will help us to continue to advance the electronic security profession in North Carolina. Please consider making a minimum contribution of $500 or more as you are able. Anything you can contribute will help ensure NCSLVA's future viability and will be greatly appreciated
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NCSLVA is committed to representing your interests during this challenging time. The rapid government response through executive action, regulatory changes, and legislation at the local, state, and federal levels to the COVID-19 virus is unprecedented. NCESA stands together with other industry associations to assure all members, consumers, and other stakeholders that this industry will continue to remain on the front lines as a vital partner in public safety.
Recently published guidelines from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) provide strategic guidance to state and local jurisdictions toward the unified effort to maintain the Nation’s critical infrastructure during COVID-19 response. The list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers” identified by the CISA pamphlet and important to you include:
This is a template of a letter you may customize for use by your essential employees. In addition to a letter, we also recommend that employees carry their professional state licenses and an employee ID.
Thank you for the work you do to protect property and lives. NCSLVA is here to help you, your company, and the essential critical infrastructure services you provide.
Now, more than ever, membership in NCSLVA is a valuable tool for your business
As a business leader in North Carolina’s electronic security industry, membership in the North Carolina Security and Low Voltage Association (NCSLVA)* just makes sense. NCSLVA provides you with current legislative updates, COVID-19 preparedness information, technician training, and connections in the industry. Join NOW!
The return on your investment in NCSLVA membership includes:
NCSLVA is dedicated to representing, promoting, and supporting you and your business.
*Please note that the Electronic Security Association (ESA) has elected to sunset its chapter program. Beginning in 2020, NCESA and ESA memberships will be independent of one another and dues payments will be collected separately by each organization.