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Aug 1, 2007 12:00 PM

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SNEAK PEEK AT CEDIA EXPO 2007

As summer comes to a close, it's time to begin preparation for CEDIA's residential electronic systems contractor show — CEDIA Expo 2007. The expo offers great benefits for your business, including hundreds of education courses, full-day workshops, free manufacturer product training, and the newest products and technology from hundreds of exhibitors. Visit www.cedia.org/expo for more information.

Here is a brief preview of what CEDIA has in store for you this year:

Swing with the best at CEDIA Expo's Golf Outing. CEDIA's annual Golf Outing kicks off the expo on Sept. 4 with a great opportunity to network with peers in an environment that integrates opportunities to relax with the chance to conduct business. The format for the outing is a scramble in which each golfer plays from the best drive. Space is limited to the first 144 registrants.

Shine at the CEDIA Technician Olympics. The CEDIA Technician Olympics presents a fun opportunity to showcase skills and talents in the residential electronic systems industry. Teams may participate in all events, or may select specific events in which to compete. Enter this year's event for your chance to beat the two-time defending Technician Olympics champions. Visit www.cedia.org/expo/att_special_events1.php for detailed information.

Take a walk down memory lane at CEDIA's Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet. Join CEDIA in a '70s-style celebration as we recognize the outstanding achievements of our members. The Electronic Lifestyles Awards Banquet will be held Sept. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Centennial Ballroom of the Hyatt Denver Convention Center Hotel. Join us and your peers in an evening of celebration to honor the best in the industry.

Rock at CEDIA Expo with the Goo Goo Dolls. Let your expo end with a bang! The platinum-selling rock band the Goo Goo Dolls will perform live at CEDIA Expo 2007, Sept. 8 at 10:30 p.m. Join us for this private concert in the Wells Fargo Theatre. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.

Free wristbands will be available onsite only in Lobby A on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning Sept. 6 at noon. Sponsored by Life|ware.

For more information about CEDIA Expo or to register, visit www.cedia.org/expo.

PROTECTING CEDIA MEMBERS AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

During the 2007 legislative sessions, CEDIA has tracked more than 600 bills in 49 states. The majority of this legislation deals with statewide electrical licensing proposals, which regulate electronic systems contractors and technicians, electronic waste (e-waste) programs, and broadband legislation. Not only does CEDIA do the majority of its work at the state level, the association continues to work for its members at the local level. Highlighted below are a few of the cases CEDIA has represented this year.

A strong presence in New York. In November 2006, a New York electrician requested an interpretation relating to low-voltage electrical work — specifically, installation of a lighting control system. The Electrical Code Revision and Interpretation Committee ruled the complete lighting control system shall be installed by a New York City Licensed Electrician.

With that in mind, CEDIA attended a hearing to get clarification on this ruling. The committee heard CEDIA's concerns and asked CEDIA to submit questions related to lighting control system installations. These questions were brought before the committee, and the committee has deferred the questions to the New York City Department of Buildings' legal department. CEDIA currently awaits the ruling.

Moving forward in New York City. The implementation of a low-voltage installer certification exam is in progress, and CEDIA continues to work with the New York City Department of Buildings. Beginning in 2003, New York City had a low-voltage installer certification requirement in city code. The requirement has not yet been implemented, and a meeting was held for all stakeholders in the low-voltage community to gather information on the process of creating a low-voltage certification exam and requirements.

CEDIA representatives attended this meeting and provided feedback to the Department of Buildings staff. The meeting determined a subcommittee of participants to find a common denominator of training for each group. CEDIA is participating in the subcommittee and will continue to monitor and provide information for the New York City low-voltage installer certification.

CEDIA AND INDUSTRY PARTNERS FIGHT LICENSING LEGISLATION

CEDIA and several other associations have been active on licensing legislation introduced in December 2006 by the City of Philadelphia. The bill proposed the licensing of all individuals who perform electrical or telecommunications work in Philadelphia. CEDIA co-authored a letter of opposition on the issue with BICSI, InfoComm International, NBFAA, NSCA, the Pennsylvania Burglar & Fire Alarm Association, and the Satellite Broadcasting and Communications Association (SBCA). CEDIA also worked with the Southeast Pennsylvania ABC Chapter and the Independent Electrical Contractors Philadelphia chapter on the issue.

CEDIA will continue to be active at each level of government to ensure that legislation initiatives do not impede your ability to freely own and operate your business. Members are encouraged to contact CEDIA when they hear of legislation at the local level that would impede their businesses. Please contact Darren Reaman at dreaman@cedia.org or (800) 669-5329 with questions.

For more information on CEDIA, visit www.cedia.org or call (800) 669-5329.



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