In a recent set of events, the Governor of Tennessee, by signing a new law has scrapped the practice of imposing fees on false alarms dispatches, alarm permits or alarm renewal permits. The new prohibiting the local governments from requiring installing security contractors and businesses to obtain permits for the operation of alarm systems.
The bill, which was sponsored by Sen. Paul Bailey (Republican), a member of the Tennessee Senate, representing District 15, and Sen. Steven Dickerson (Republican), a member of the Tennessee Senate, representing District 20, was enacted by Gov. William “Bill” Lee on Wednesday, May 8th, 2019.
The Senate Bill 1443, which amended Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 62-32-321, with the addition of a newly adopted section, which prohibits local governments from imposing fines or fees on security dealers or businesses for false alarms. Furthermore, the bill also prohibits all fees related to false alarm dispatches, alarm permits, or alarm renewal permits.
“It is very gratifying that Tennessee recognizes the importance of facilitating the installation of security systems, as well as the user being the responsible party for any fines or fees associated with the security system,” The Monitoring Association (TMA) President Ivan Spector said in an announcement.
TMA Vice President Donald Young, who is also the serving CIO of ADT, in his remarks said that ordinances similar to one recently passed in Sandy Springs, Ga., have a very little impact on modifying customer behavior or reduce the number of false alarms.
“TMA commends the Tennessee Legislature for taking action to ensure that municipalities in their state enact effective false alarm reduction ordinances. Studies have shown that the most effective way to reduce the misuse of alarm systems is to fine users who generate an excessive number of false alarms,” Young said.