Howard County, Md., Suspends False Alarm Bill

ELLICOTT CITY, Md.—The Howard County (Md.) Council has postponed a bill that would impose fines for repeat false alarm offenders. According to several council members, they need more time to determine if a proposed $35 registration fee would be enough to appropriately run the program.

Howard County law enforcement officials are in favor of the bill’s passage, which they believe will help reduce the rapid increase in false alarms in businesses and residences. Officials estimate the initial start-up cost for the software will be approximately $300,000 to $574,000. However, each subsequent year, the cost would decrease to $123,000.

Elected officials along with the Howard County Police Department expect an agreement to be reached on the proposed bill in the near
future.

Source: NBFAA False Alarm Network

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