Welcome New Associate Member!

Let’s all welcome our newest Associate member to the LLSSA – Tyler Phillips with Systems Distributors Inc SDi.
SDi was voted in as an associate Member at the February Board Meeting and has been an active member of the association for many years. Be sure to stop by and see Tyler at his table at the State Meeting in Baton Rouge on March 5th.
If you haven’t joined the LLSSA, now is the perfect time to take advantage of all the benefits offered. Discounts on meetings, CEUs, and education classes are just the start. See more information at Benefits – LLSSA

Regional I Meeting – March 20th in Kenner

The LLSSA Regional Meeting for Region 1 is Wednesday March 20th.  You will find us at the Brick Oven at 2805 Williams Blvd, Kenner, La 70065 at 5:30pm. 


The agenda include updated from the LLSSA and local industry professionals.  Don’t miss this chance to catch up on current trends.  Your meal is included with registration.

There will also be time to visit with our vendors.  The Event Sponsors are PELICAN Sponsors – Alarm Monitoring Services and united Central Control.  Other vendors in attendance include Wesco and LRG.


State Meeting – March 5th in Baton Rouge

The LLSSA State Meeting for Region 2 is Tuesday March 5th.  You will find us at the Main Library at 7711 Goodwood Blvd., Baton Rouge, La 70806 from 9am – 4pm. 


The agenda is packed with CEUs featuring a business Track and a Technicians Track so you will find something to interest you.  Classes include Fraud and AI by HomeBank, Hands-on Edge Panel Training with NICE, How to conduct a site survey for Access control by Assa Abloy, and Hikvision going over Video Basics and Solar Power.


Lunch will be served during the State Meeting with industry speakers like the State Fire Marshal’s Office, Mapes and Mapes Lobbyist, and others.


There will also be time to visit with our vendors.  The Event Sponsor is PELICAN Sponsor – Alarm Monitoring Services.  Other vendors in attendance include Wesco and Systems Distributors Inc.



Why do we need a Lobbyist?

Mapes and Mapes is the Lobbyist for the LLSSA. A lobbyist is a professional like a plumber, or a lawyer, but lobbyists provide specialized services in regard to the legislature, politics and government. Politics is not everybody’s cup of tea, but that’s the whole point. You wouldn’t want to fix your own leaky pipes and you definitely don’t want to try and take care of your industry’s politics at the Capitol by yourself.

Professional lobbyists work year-round with the legislature and governmental agencies, so when our industry is in a political mess, Mapes and Mapes is ready to take our issues, to the legislature just like a lawyer would take you, and your issue, to court.

A person doesn’t have to go to a special school or get a permit or certificate to work as a lobbyist. They just have to register with the department of ethics as a lobbyist. It’s been said that lobbying is 85% personality and 15% technical knowledge, but without that technical knowledge you’ve just got a really fun person to hang around. To have mastery of the technical knowledge of the legislative process is critical.

Joseph Mapes has worked, in some capacity, in every special, regular, and fiscal session since 1974 — that’s more than 100 legislative sessions in which Mapes has drafted legislation, lobbied legislators and administrators, and worked in alliance with other governmental relations firms, Governors and their staff. He has been representing the LLSSA for many years in the Louisiana Capital.

Mapes and Mapes website