Florida Senate - 2018                                     SB 876
       By Senator Bean
       4-00889-18                                             2018876__
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to alarm confirmation; amending s.
    3         489.529, F.S.; revising requirements for alarm
    4         confirmation to include additional methods by which an
    5         alarm monitoring company may confirm a residential or
    6         commercial intrusion/burglary alarm signal and to
    7         require that two attempts be made to confirm an alarm
    8         signal; providing an effective date.
   10  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   12         Section 1. Section 489.529, Florida Statutes, is amended to
   13  read:
   14         489.529 Alarm confirmation verification calls required.—All
   15  residential or commercial intrusion/burglary alarms that have
   16  central monitoring must have alarm monitoring personnel attempt
   17  to confirm the alarm signal by have a central monitoring
   18  verification call, text message, or other electronic means made
   19  to a telephone number associated with a person at the premises
   20  generating the alarm signal, before alarm monitor personnel
   21  contact a law enforcement agency for alarm dispatch. The central
   22  monitoring station must attempt to confirm employ call
   23  verification methods for the premises generating the alarm
   24  signal a second time via communication with the premise owner,
   25  occupant, or his or her authorized designee if the first attempt
   26  to confirm call is unsuccessful not answered. However, alarm
   27  signal confirmation verification calling is not required if:
   28         (1) The intrusion/burglary alarm has a properly operating
   29  visual or auditory sensor that enables the alarm monitoring
   30  personnel to verify the alarm signal; or
   31         (2) The intrusion/burglary alarm is installed on a premises
   32  that is used for the storage of firearms or ammunition by a
   33  person who holds a valid federal firearms license as a
   34  manufacturer, importer, or dealer of firearms or ammunition,
   35  provided the customer notifies the alarm monitoring company that
   36  he or she holds such license and would like to bypass the two
   37  attempt two-call verification protocol. Upon initiation of a new
   38  alarm monitoring service contract, the alarm monitoring company
   39  shall make reasonable efforts to inform a customer who holds a
   40  valid federal firearms license as a manufacturer, importer, or
   41  dealer of firearms or ammunition of his or her right to opt out
   42  of the two-attempt two-call verification protocol.
   43         Section 2. This act shall take effect July 1, 2018.