“The New Hampshire League of Investigators (NHLI) is proud to announce that House Bill 651, a bill relative to regulation of private investigation agencies and security services (The NH PI Bill) passed both the House and Senate on June 2nd and is on the way to the Governor for signature.
The bill was the result of years of hard work dating back to 2004/2005 by the members of NHLI, the NH Department of Safety, (especially Assistant Commissioner Earl M. Sweeney who did yeoman’s work along side NHLI members), and other municipal and private agencies. We would also like to acknowledge all the New England states PI associations (NECOSIA) and NALI for their input and letters supporting the bill and to Kitty Hailey, CLI, CFE (http://www.kittyhailey.com/ ) who authored a great letter for the House and Senate committees.
NHLI members attended every work session and hearing, networked with their Representatives and Senators and did everything to assist in getting the bill through.
A special thank you goes to State Representative Jordan Ulery who authored the original 2005 bill and the current bill and steered it through the process. Representative Ulery is a licensed private investigator and and member of the NHLI.
Highlights of the bill include:
- The creation of an advisory board with three positions to be filled by NH licensed PIs.
- Replaces the term “detective agencies” with “private investigative agencies.”
- Brings bail enforcement agencies and agents under the law.
- Excludes certain professionals from the law.
- Makes performing covered services without a license either a misdemeanor of felony depending on the circumstances. Fines are to be determined at a later date.
- Adds certifications from the National Association of Legal Investigators (NALI) or the American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS) as a requirement for some applicants.
- Licenses employees of agencies individually and issues them ID cards.
- For those obtaining an “armed” license defines training for both handgun and shotgun.
- Protects license holders when reporting crimes in good faith.”
The link to the bill is: http://www.gencourt.state.nh.us/legislation/2010/HB0651.html
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President, Licensed Private Detectives Association of Massachusetts, 2000-2001 and 2007-2008
Director, New Hampshire League of Investigators
Legislative Chair, NHLI
President, New England Council of State Investigator Associations, 2007
Licensed Private Detectives Association of Rhode Island
Vermont Association of Investigators and Security Service
Maine Licensed Private Investigators Association
Investigative & Security Professionals for Legislative Action
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