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HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES             H.R. NO.              
TWENTIETH LEGISLATURE, 2000                                
STATE OF HAWAII                                            
                                                             
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                     HOUSE  RESOLUTION
REQUESTING THE AUDITOR TO STUDY THE NEED FOR REGULATING THE ALARM
   INDUSTRY.



 1       WHEREAS, the Honolulu Police Department has found that the
 2   proliferation of security alarm machine spontaneous activations
 3   ("false alarms")is detrimental to public health, safety, and
 4   welfare and a costly diversion of county resources; and
 5   
 6       WHEREAS, the Honolulu Police Department reports that its
 7   police officers have responded to an average of 34,075 false
 8   alarm calls per year for the last three years, averaging 2,840
 9   false alarm calls a month; and
10   
11       WHEREAS, the Honolulu Police Department and the Hawaii
12   Burglar & Fire Alarm Association believe the lack of licensing
13   and permitting have contributed significantly to the escalating
14   number of false alarm calls; and
15   
16       WHEREAS, House Bill No. 2125 was introduced in the House of
17   Representatives during the Regular Session of 2000 as a vehicle
18   to regulate the alarm industry; and
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20       WHEREAS, an analysis by the Auditor is required prior to
21   the enactment of a new regulatory measure that would subject an
22   unregulated profession to state licensure and other regulatory
23   controls; now, therefore, 
24   
25       BE IT RESOLVED by the House of Representatives of the
26   Twentieth Legislature of the State of Hawaii, Regular Session
27   of 2000, that the Auditor is requested to:
28   
29       (1)  Analyze, in accordance with section 26H-6, Hawaii
30            Revised Statutes (HRS), the probable effects of the
31            regulatory system proposed in H.B. No. 2125; and
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33       (2)  Assess whether the regulatory scheme proposed in H.B.
34            No. 2125 is consistent with state policy as provided
35            in section 26H-2, HRS; and
36       (3)  Assess alternative forms of regulation of the alarm
37            industry, including recommendations on:
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39            (A)  How alarm providers, as well as alarm users,
40                 could be regulated;

 
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 1            (B)  Whether an autonomous board, or a state or county
 2                 agency would be better suited to implement the
 3                 regulation; and
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 5            (C)  The cost impact on the agency and the regulated
 6                 group;
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 8   and
 9   
10       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Auditor is requested to
11   report the findings and recommendations to the Legislature no
12   later than twenty days prior to the convening of the Regular
13   Session of 2000; and
14   
15       BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that certified copies of this
16   Resolution be transmitted to the Auditor and the Chief of
17   Police of the Honolulu Police Department.
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