Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action

Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action Launch Into Action!!!

18 May 2009 12:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

There is good news on the federal lobbying front. A new voice for the investigative and security professions has been launched.


This newly formed organization is Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action (ISPLA).  ISPLA will be working with a number of well-known professional association leaders in the investigative and security fields, each of whom are committed to ensuring that our profession’s interests are protected from ill-conceived legislation and burdensome regulations.


Equally important, ISPLA will be fulfilling a need at the federal level that has not been addressed until now by any national association.  It is forming a political action committee, thus creating a mechanism for other national organizations as well as state associations where there are mutual interests to participate in lobbying and financially supporting qualified political candidates for office.  The leadership of a number of national and state organizations is deeply committed to providing legislative expertise and financial resources to accomplish this important mission.  We certainly hope you will also give the same support and commitment.  Former and current selected leaders in NCISS, a number of other professional associations, and individuals with whom we have worked on legislative issues in the past have also joined our effort.


Last year ISPLA Legislative Affairs Director, Bruce Hulme,  was pleased to report that all federal bills in the 110th Congress which, if passed, would have adversely affected our profession, failed to be enacted.  However, as we now enter the 111th Congress, with Democratic control in both the Senate and House and a Democratic President, we must be able to accurately assess all contingencies on the legislative front and be prepared to act swiftly and with the best efforts of all our colleagues who risk being adversely affected by ill-conceived legislation.


ISPLA will be asking Congress to review existing law and take a cautious approach to restricting access and other measures that may have a significant impact on the judicial system, law enforcement, and corporate America.  We support the State licensing processes and encourage the enforcement of existing laws, regulations, standards, and restrictions governing access to and distribution of personal identifying information.

Still, we expect bills to be offered by members of Congress who are supported by privacy advocates and labor and are determined to curtail your access to database information under the guise of protecting consumers’ personal identifying information, shielding them from identity theft and Internet phishing, and preventing security breaches.  Such legislation seeking to ban the dissemination of information containing the SSN would effectively shut down your information data providers and eliminate credit headers.  Redaction of the SSN as well as the DOB on public records is another legislative goal of privacy advocates that would block your access to critical information.  And there are also bills to expunge criminal records.  For example, on March 16, 2009, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY) offered H.R. 1529, the “Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act of 2009.”  The bill calls for the expungement of criminal records for certain nonviolent offenders. In January, Rep. Peter King (R-NY) introduced H.R. 414, the "Camera Phone Predator Act" requiring any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken. Disabling or silencing the tone would purportedly violate a consumer product safety standard and require enforcement by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  Legislative intent is thought by some as a response to the recent trend of taking "upskirting" photos with camera phones.


You now have a watchdog organization prepared to protect your interests in your state and nation’s capitols.  When you receive ISPLA’s call for action and support, we hope you will respond.  In the meantime, our members are meeting with business leaders, organizations in Washington, and members of Congress to apprise them of the concerns of investigators and security professionals.


Security issue of concern:

There is also a major federal legislative issue impacting the security industry that is backed by organized labor and the Security Employees International Union.  Where some organizations have seen fit to throw in the towel regarding labor’s Employee Free Choice Act of 2009 (H.R. 1409/S. 560), ISPLA has not.  It will continue to oppose this bill and assist the contract security industry and its corporate clients that stand to be adversely affected should EFCA be enacted.  This bill takes away an employee’s right to a National Labor Relations Board secret ballot, creating a situation for union intimidation.  It will require mandatory arbitration if the guard company and union cannot come to a contract agreement within a specific timeframe.  Its purpose is to undermine the Taft-Hartley law.


There is some favorable news to report on the present status of this bill.  Senator Arlen Specter (now D-PA) is a key pivotal vote, and the Democrats and labor had counted on him being potentially the 60th cloture vote on EFCA, thus fending off a Republican filibuster.  Prior to changing his party affiliation, he announced that he opposes EFCA and will oppose cloture on the bill.


While this is good news, we believe that labor’s effort to pass EFCA and other amendments to the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) will still remain very active.  EFCA’s proponents need only two votes in the current Senate to gain the 60 votes necessary to defeat a filibuster and pass the bill.  In the House they have more than enough, and in the 110th Congress this same bill passed in the House but not the Senate.  President Obama supports its enactment.  EFCA, also called the “card check” bill, will be an issue that is not going to die.  We urge you to write to your senators and members of congress urging them to again this bill.



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