Every 10 years, all licensing statutes automatically repeal themselves (called a “Sunset”) and must undergo a rewrite. The 10-year Sunset for the Detective, Security, Alarm, Locksmith and Fingerprint Vendors Act (Act) is January 1, 2014. Accordingly, last Fall, representatives of The Illinois Electronic Security Alarm Association (IESA), the Associated Detectives and Security Agencies of Illinois (ADSAI), and the Associated Guard and Patrol Agencies met several times to work out a unified set of changes that the “industry” wanted to make during the upcoming rewrite process.
The industry, through the services of its lobbyist Dick Lockhart, introduced HB2723 into the Illinois House in January 2013. In April 2013, HB2723 passed out of the House and into the Senate with no Amendments. On May 14, 2013, HB2723 passed out of the Senate fully intact, with no Amendments. It should shortly be on its way to the Governor where it is expected that he will sign it without amending it in any way. Typically, legislation such as ours is usually signed by the Governor around September 1, 2013. Once the legislation is finalized with the Governor’s signature, I will devote an entire newsletter to all of the changes.