NSCA is constantly monitoring legislation at both the federal and state levels that could affect your ability to do business fairly. Contact NSCA’s Government Affairs department with questions about pending legislation or issues related to the commercial electronic systems industry.
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Grassroots Action Center
The Grassroots Action Center is an online resource that provides information on national, state and local leaders, as well as updates about current legislation for the states you live and work in. This resource also provides you with a convenient way to contact your government officials about issues that directly affect your business.
Government Affairs Update
Located in Washington D.C., NSCA’s director of government/industry outreach tracks legislation on issues important to industry professionals, including state licensing, prevailing wage, e-waste and broadband to keep you informed. Regional updates give you a quick glimpse of what’s going on in your part of the country.
Learn About National Issues Affecting Your Customers, Products
Understand NSCA's Position on National Issues That Govern the Industry
NSCA is often asked to take a stance on debated issues that affect our industry. It is crucial that our members are aware of the position NSCA takes on issues including:
- Apprenticeship and EST Training
- Association Antitrust
- Card Check
- Codes and Standards
- Company Licensing
- CSI MasterFormat™
- Davis-Bacon Act
- Electronic Waste
- Individual Licensing
- Model Legislation
- Organized Labor
- Political Contributions
- Product Safety
- Project L abor Agreements/Collective Bargaining Agreements
- Public Inspection Files
- Standard Industry Classifications
- Standard Occupational Classifications
Click here to read more on NSCA's view on the above issues.
Save Money and Boost Profits through Apprenticeship
NSCA’s federally approved EST Apprenticeship program is an effective way to save money and boost profits while training EST’s for skills needed in today’s workplace. The EST Apprenticeship Program meets licensure requirements in some states and is a great option for companies having trouble with local licensure requirements. The program results in highly skilled workers and is a win-win situation despite union affiliation. Contact NSCA’s director of government/industry outreach to find out how you will benefit from NSCA’s EST Apprenticeship programs.
Find Resources for Essential Codes and Regulations
- SIC/NAICS Listing - Complete listing of all Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) codes.
- SOC Listing - An abbreviated listing of the Standard Occupational Classifications (SOC) codes relevant to the commercial electronic systems industry.
- State Licensing Guide - A complete, state-by-state guide to licensing regulations for systems integrators.
More than 25 states have concluded their 2009 legislative sessions. However, this year there have been more local ordinances and efforts attempted, in part due to the economic downturn and creative strategies for revenue generating opportunities.
Efforts in Charleston, South Carolina caused the Manufactured Housing Board to pass a motion to clarify the definition of any wiring in its state regulations for licensing requirements. Now both residential and commercial contractors will need to be licensed if working on a contract that contains electrical work of fifty volts or more. NSCA members, among others, assisted in communicating the effects license requirements would have on the industry and many business owners in South Carolina.
Additionally, many legislators attempt last minute inclusions in legislation. One such attempt in Texas caused a fast and furious grassroots effort by many industries to stop a bill that would have required anyone doing design lighting to be licensed as either an architect, engineer, interior designer or electrical contractor. Due to the overwhelming response from concerned industry representatives, sponsors of the bill guaranteed this amendment would be dropped from their bill or the legislation would be ‘killed’ prior to the adjournment.
NSCA members contacted the Government Affairs department on both of these occasions and created alerts and actions for members to be informed of these critical legislative efforts that were threatening the business of many NSCA members.
Captive Audience meetings are defined as an employer-sponsored meeting with its primary purpose to communicate the employer's opinion concerning religious or political matters. Political matters are defined as political party affiliation, a decision to join or not join any lawful political, social or community group or activity or any labor organization.
This legislation would ban employers from requiring employees to be at these meetings. The National Labor Relations Act gives the employer the right to hold a meeting with employees more than 24 hours before a union election is held as long as no threatening actions are taken. In addition, this bill would limit the open communications many small business owners appreciate with their employees for fear of the reprimands and potential financial ramifications conversations could lead to.
On March 10, 2009, the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate introduced the "Employee Free Choice Act," often referred to as "Card Check," which would change how unions are allowed to organize workers in the U.S. and could negatively affect systems contractors. These bills are H.R. 1409 and S. 560.
This legislation would be harmful to systems contractors who have maintained a strong, steady business not controlled by labor unions. Learn more about Card Check.
More than four years ago, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) ruled that all television signals would be required to be digital as of February 17, 2009. This meant that many broadcasters would have to convert their analog signals to digital signals, which would open up “white spaces” that were previously home to licensed and unlicensed products.
On November 4, 2008, the FCC ruled that unlicensed devices would be allowed to operate in the white space frequency range of less than 697 MHz (channels 2-51). The final rules are the result of several years of intense efforts from both sides of the issue (primarily consumer products manufacturers versus wireless systems manufacturers) to educate the FCC. Safeguards such as certification, geolocation, spectrum sensing and a national database will all be implemented to protect and deter harmful interference in many areas, including house of worship, sports and entertainment venues, hotels, convention centers and more. Learn more about FCC White Spaces.