Industry consensus on the Alarm Monitoring Licensing and Reciprocity Act of 2005 has been achieved by the Alarm Industry Communications Committee (AICC). The bill is scheduled to be submitted in the early days of the 109th Congress.

It has been in development for several years to protect the safety interests of alarm monitoring customers, increase efficiencies and reduce costs.

The bill is aimed at eliminating duplicative regulations, such as repetitive fingerprinting and other licensing provisions, by state agencies on alarm monitoring companies conducting business in numerous states.

“This increases the cost to the customer ultimately, and while this issue may not affect all in the alarm monitoring industry, a great many companies are severely impacted when they do business in numerous states,” stated Lou Fiore, AICC chairman.

The bill also is designed to establish a minimum reciprocity and regulation standard for alarm companies that may be adopted by states.

“This is a major step forward for our industry because many companies have to employ full-time people just to keep track of individual state licensing requirements," explained Steve Doyle, CSAA vice president.

The AICC will now move forward to secure sponsors for the bill.