Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

City Council Forwards an Updated Version of Training Provisions for Security Guards

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

City Council Forwards an Updated Version of Training Provisions for Security Guards

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Pittsburgh City Council unanimously passed an altered version of a security-guard training law Tuesday and the mayor intends to sign it, despite a potential legal challenge from a group of Downtown building owners.

Greg Evashavik, a lawyer representing the Building Owners and Managers Association of Pittsburgh, has said the city lacks the authority to impose the training requirements on private businesses and that the union-backed law will not withstand a court challenge.

Mr. Evashavik could not be reached for comment Tuesday, nor could a representative of the building association.

Councilman Dan Gilman authored a series of amendments to the law that he says will allow it to survive legal scrutiny.

"We worked to clarify the legal intent of the bill, eliminate unnecessary language and implement a clear course of action to improve public safety in our buildings," Mr. Gilman said.

The law applies to buildings of at least 100,000 square feet, colleges and universities and properties "owned, managed or occupied at least in part" by the city.

Security guards and other building employees, such as maintenance staff and janitors, will not be allowed to work in covered buildings unless they receive training from a school certified by the city fire bureau. …

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