Licensing Made Law in Mississippi, Rejected in New Hampshire

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi has become the latest state to establish licensing for those who install electronic protection services, while New Hampshire rejected a bill that would have established licensing there.

Passed by Mississippi’s legislature, the Mississippi Residential Electronic Protection Licensing Act provides requirements for licensing and continuing education, authorizes the state fire marshal to assess and collect licensing fees, and creates a licensing board. The new law has the endorsement of the Mississippi Alarm Association (MAA).

“The Mississippi Alarm Association worked with our state legislators and endorses this bill, which we believe will benefit not only alarm companies in the state, but consumers as well,” MAA Executive Director Shelley Pettit said in a statement.

Meanwhile, a bill that would have established licensing and certification for electronic systems installers in New Hampshire died without a vote in the state’s Senate. HB 1595, which had been approved by the New Hampshire House, would have established a program for the voluntary certification of electronic systems technicians administered by a joint board of professional engineers, architects, land surveyors, foresters, professional geologists and natural scientists.

During the New Hampshire Senate’s April 20 meeting, Sen. Sylvia Larsen (D) moved that the bill be deemed “inexpedient to legislate.” After the motion was approved by a voice vote, the bill was effectively killed.

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