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 December 20, 2021
Redistricting court cases here are about as unpredictable as North Carolina’s weather, and that was on full display over the past few weeks. In our last report, we shared the news on the three-judge Superior Court panel’s decision to decline a request to delay the 2022 primaries. Since then, a panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals reversed that decision. Their decision would have halted filing for the U.S. House and state legislative races on the very day that filing was set to begin. Later that day, the panel’s decision was overturned by the full 15-member appeals court, which voted to lift the stay on filing and hold a hearing on the motion. From there, challengers appealed the ruling to the Supreme Court. This brings us to the latest order, which suspended candidate filing for the 2022 primary elections and ordered that the primaries be delayed until May 17th rather than the scheduled March 8th. This ruling goes a step further than the initial ruling, which would have halted filing for the U.S. House and legislative races, and shuts down all candidate filing and delays all state primary elections, including local races. Read the full report.
Legislative Report December 9, 2021
Last week the General Assembly completed their business for this calendar year... or so they are telling us. The plan is to hold skeleton sessions until December 10th, and return on December 30th if needed to address any court action regarding the state’s new maps, or if there are any necessary technical corrections or vetoes to consider. This ends the second-longest session in state history. It’s the longest ever in calendar days, but in legislative days it falls a hair short of the state’s 2001 regular legislative session, in which business was conducted for 179 days. This session has had 165 legislative days.
These long sessions (that seem to be growing longer) have taken its toll on legislators throughout the state. North Carolina is supposed to have a part-time legislature, but in five out of the past seven years long session has extended beyond its traditional early-summer adjournment. We’re seeing the impact now, as there have been some unexpected retirement announcements from current members leading up to candidate filing for 2022, which begins on December 6th and ends on December 17th.
Rep. Brian Turner, a Democrat from Buncombe County, cited the increasing demands on legislators as part of the reason he will not be seeking re-election. “During my tenure I have seen our legislative session lengthen to the point where session in October, November, and December (well past our planned adjournment at the end of June) has become the norm.” Rep. Turner said, “This is unsustainable.” Democratic Rep. Susan Fisher, who also represents Buncombe County, announced her retirement this week, as well. Read the full report.
Legislative Report November 22, 2021
After years without a new comprehensive budget, our state officially has a new state budget! Gov. Cooper signed his first budget into law since taking office in 2017 after a roller coaster of negotiations. Although it did not expand Medicaid as the Governor had hoped, it does extend Medicaid benefits for low-income mothers for up to a year after a child is born, and it provides raises and bonuses to teachers and other state employees. "While I believe it is a budget of some missed opportunities and misguided policy, it is also a budget we desperately need at this unique time in the history of our state," Gov. Cooper said.
The budget passed both chambers with strong bi-partisan support. Senate Bill 105, 2021 Appropriations Act, passed the House 104-10, with 40 Democrats voting in favor alongside all of their Republican colleagues. The budget passed the Senate 41-7, with 7 Democrats voting in support, as well. It’s been a long road to get this budget done and House budget writer Rep. Donny Lambeth compared it to “a fine wine that was months or years in the aging process.” Read the full report.
Legislative Report November 13, 2021
After a busy week at the legislature, the state has new maps! The once-a-decade redistricting process has resulted in new congressional and legislative maps based off of changes in population from the U.S. Census. Although the General Assembly approved them, that may not be the final word on these maps. Legal challenges to the fairness of these maps are already beginning. Civil rights groups filed suit before they were even voted on, saying the failure to use racial data reduced minority representation in Congress and the General Assembly. The court fight that is just beginning is sure to be watched closely by policymakers, advocates and potential candidates alike.
Critics argue that the maps provide a disproportionate advantage to Republicans, who have the majority in both chambers and led the redistricting process. They argue that, under these maps, a nearly 50/50 partisan-split state will have Republicans holding 10-11 Congressional seats to Democrats’ 3-4 seats. According to experts, these new maps could also result in Senate Republicans picking up two seats for a veto-proof majority in the Senate.
Republican leadership has held that there was no wrongdoing. Senate Redistricting Chairman Ralph Hise said the process was the “most transparent process as anywhere in the country and ever in North Carolina,” a sentiment that has been shared by House counterpart, Chairman Destin Hall. “We drew a fair and legal map," Hise said Wednesday. "We drew a map without consideration of racial data, and we drew a map without consideration of political information or data." Read the full report.
Legislative Report October 19, 2021
Believe it or not, we are still in the legislative session that started in January, 2021. While budget negotiations continue, redistricting public comment has been going on around the State and very little other legislative work is being done. Please see below for a breakdown of what's been happening on Jones Street.
House Speaker Tim Moore and Senate leader Phil Berger ironed out the remaining differences between the chambers and have announced that their consensus budget is ready to be sent to Democratic Governor Roy Cooper. Leadership has been trying to keep the details of their agreement under lock and key, believing this will help promote more transparent and frank negotiations with the Governor. Speaker Moore did say that the package would have record spending for transportation, capital, and public education, as well as a tax cut package. Read the full report.
Legislative Report September 27, 2021
While the corner offices negotiate the budget and public hearings are being held across the state for Redistricting, legislative activity on Jones Street has been a bit slow over the past few weeks. Although there hasn’t been much bill movement, there is still a flurry of activity happening behind the scenes between budget negotiations and work on major pieces of legislation that lawmakers hope to pass before session comes to a close, like the Senate’s rumored new version of the House’s energy bill. Please see below for a run-down of what has happened at the General Assembly over the past few weeks.HOUSE BILL 103, Automatic Renewal of Contracts. Several changes were made to this bill on the Senate floor, and the bill as amended was approved by the full Senate. The House did not agree to the changes made in the Senate and a Conference Committee was appointed to work out a compromise version of the bill. The Conferees are: Rep. Sarah Stevens (Chair); Rep. John Szoka; Rep. Lee Zachary; Rep. Destin Hall; Sen. Chuck Edwards (Chair); Sen. Bill Rabon; Sen. Todd Johnson; and Sen. Paul Lowe. Read the full report.
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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Charlie Atkinson, NCSLVA President
Alan Yancey, NCSLVA Past President
Charlie Atkinson, ACE-HTI, NCESA Past President
George Bish, Ring Protect Inc., NCESA Past President
Courtney Brown, Security Central, NCESA Past President
Don Childers, Security Central, NCESA Past President
Dom D’Ascoli, SMS Integration, NCESA Past President
Dick Harpster, Central Security Systems, NCESA Past President
Dean Harris, Carolina Phone and Alarms, NCESA Past President
Ron Jackson, Holmes Security Systems, NCESA Past President
James Lee, Alarmguard Security, NCESA Past President
Chris Lohr, Protection Systems, NCESA Past President
EJ Mashburn, Asheville Security Systems, NCESA Past President
Roger Parks, Select Security, NCESA Past President
Jay Stone, ACE-HTI, NCESA Past President
Stephen Wheeler, Holmes Electric Security Systems, NCESA Past President
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.