This is the kind of thing that can start a trend. One state adopts a measure, then neighboring states do the same, and soon an issue has national momentum. Before long, and organizations that work with children could risk breaking the law if they require volunteers to submit fingerprints for background checks. That is why it is so important to act early, and it is why the Security Industry Association (SIA) focuses its Government Relations efforts not just on Washington, D.C., but also on state capitals.
For the biometrics bill, SIA submitted testimony to a legislative committee to explain how the privacy concerns that led to the legislation result from misunderstandings about the use of biometrics and to detail why the legislation was a bad idea.
In addition to advocating for the security industry’s interests in the states, SIA makes state legislative tracking information available to members via an interactive map on our Web site, and we are building a similar resource for state regulatory proposals.