The Texas 2019 Legislative Session is building to have a direct impact on the Texas Security Industry. From SB616 / HB1530 moving oversight from the Texas Department of Private Security to the Texas Department of Licensing of Regulation to SB1004 / HB1141 which is looking to circumvent NFPA 70 – National Electrical Code as code for installing electrical systems and instead move approved POE work from the Security Industry to the Electrical Industry.
The TBFAA (Texas Burglar and Fire Alarm Association) has worked hard to ensure its members are aware of these bills and the effect they can have on both licensed individuals and security companies in Texas.
Below we offer a synopsis of each bill and a link to the TBFAA’s stance on these specific issues.
Synopsis: These Bills are a result of the sunset commission report. It impacts Texas Occupations Code 1702 (Texas Private Security Act) in 3 critical areas as previously cited by the TBFAA to the sunset commission.
- Bill converts the Private Security Board to an Advisory Committee
- Eliminates the Licensed Manager;
- Eliminates the Security Sales License.
Synopsis: These bills would, if enacted, allow certain municipalities to provide alarm system services.
Synopsis: This bill alters Occupations Code that results in limits that circumvent the descriptions of class 2 and class 3 circuits defined by the National Electrical Code. The Bill will prevent many Security Alarms, Fire Alarms, CCTV, Access Control, and PoE devices from being installed by anyone other than a TDLR licensed Electrician.