Push For Alarming Legislation

Another year and another failed attempt by the Mississippi Burglar and Fire Alarm Association to get a bill passed in Jackson, so now it's back to the drawing board. Members have tried for 15 years to get a bill passed that would regulate and license the business, including allowing for criminal background checks.

This year it passed the house, but never made it out of committee on the Senate side, so now, the association is stepping up its lobbying efforts. Eddie Roberson is a member of the Mississippi Alarm Association and says, "What we're going to do now, we're going to begin to send letters to our customers, and let the customers be aware now that we don't have the bill and ask them if they will call their senators and representatives and write them and try to support us."

He says without the legislation, alarm installers don't have to be licensed in this state and could be felons working in your home.