Traditionally, NSCA has tracked, monitored and advocated for member interests as it relates to state licensing requirements. Most states have some form of licensing requirements ranging from low-voltage, fire and life-safety to electrical requirements, more and more local jurisdictions are taking matters into their own hands.
NSCA has created a Government Affairs Advisory Group in order to better track and communicate local and state issues, and to further engage members in local grassroots initiatives. Many issues affect systems integrators at local and state levels, including:
Individual and Company Licensing
NSCA supports licenses for electronic systems companies and individuals only in cases where the license is specific to the type of work done by that company/individual and that they are not forced to carry a license for work they don't do. In addition, we will support those licenses only if the law is clear and concise, and that the organization/individual is not forced to join a specific trade group or any one association. More information.
Prevailing wage on federally and state-funded jobs can be a costly item and a reason why you lose a bid. NSCA members seek solutions to help with bids and contracts through prevailing wage and appropriate classifications on job sites. More information.
States are introducing legislation limiting the ability to enhance their visual and digital communications through a series of energy-efficiency bills. Contractors would become restricted on the sale and installation of these products, therefore limiting consumer choice, decreasing sales, reversing technological advances, and forcing job losses. NSCA supports the use of energy-efficient products, but also emphasizes the purpose of digital technologies and displays – to effectively and constantly communicate to consumers. More information.
NSCA supports an approach to the e-waste challenge that includes bringing manufacturers, contractors/ integrators, end-users/building owners and governments alike together to develop a common-sense federal solution. The lack of a national policy in the United States has lead to the mix of state laws and initiatives that are in place today and, in many cases, places burdens on vested parties. While this has become a global issue and a variety of solutions are being offered, NSCA encourages further analysis to understand potential benefits and shortfalls prior to formulating the federal policy. More information.
Organized Labor/Card Check
Detrimental legislation introduced in Congress and in several states over the past few years has threatened small businesses in every industry. The Employee Free Choice Act, otherwise known as Card Check, would increase fines, remove democratic processes, and require mandatory, binding arbitration. More information.