Affairs of State
It isn’t sexy, yet it has direct and significant implications for every CEDIA member, and is one of the organization’s most important activities. It’s CEDIA’s Government Affairs and Public Policy team, comprised of a small group of volunteers and staff. We work tirelessly to protect the interests of our members. We’re currently engaged in these initiatives:
Trouble in the big city. New York City delivered an official interpretation of its building code that essentially prohibited anyone other than a licensed electrician from installing any lighting control systems, parts or components, eliminating virtually all CEDIA members from touching lighting controls in the Big Apple. Philadelphia, meanwhile, proposed an ordinance that will severely restrict members’ ability to work there. CEDIA volunteers and staff are successfully engaging these initiatives and are working with officials to ensure member interests are appropriately protected. Will other cities follow suit? Count on it!
State licensing legislation. Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Missouri and Iowa have been actively pursuing legislation that would license CEDIA members and establish requirements that would be extremely burdensome to most members, severely limiting their ability to hire and train new employees and putting many out of business. Your Government Affairs and Public Policy team is actively involved in each of these states, working with lobbyists and legislators to prevent harmful laws from being passed. This is a massive investment and represents a critical activity for all CEDIA members.
Even if your state isn’t listed, understand that every state has special interests carefully watching its legislature. Your state may be next, as these interests patiently wait, planning to utilize their successes as templates for other states. CEDIA continually monitors every state’s activity to address these bills and revisions when submitted to their respective legislatures.
Recycling legislation. California, Maine, Maryland and Washington state have enacted E-Waste (electronic products recycling) laws, each with different compliance requirements. Manufacturers are faced with a smorgasbord of rules, regulations and processes that will get significantly more complex as more states adopt their own laws. How many California dealers are collecting recycling fees for all of their big-screen sales, and remitting them to the proper authority? If you aren’t, you’re violating the law!