A bill to clean up California’s security industry was unanimously approved by the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.

Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) introduced the bill, AB 1042, reported NBC San Diego.

If adopted, the bill would further professionalize the security guard industry and protect public safety.

According to NBC San Diego, "Many of security guards are getting state-issued security guard registration cards (also known as guard cards) and getting jobs but may be completing only a fraction of the curriculum. The legislation updates the definition of a Proprietary Private Security Officer and adds examples of security officer duties to ensure individuals employed by a business such as a bar or restaurant and who provide security services are not unlicensed.

The bill is supported by the California Association of Licensed Security Agencies, Guards and Associates and will next be heard on the Assembly floor.