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April 26, 2017
Senate Bill 531 signed by Governor


This bill was signed by the Governor on 4/25/2017 and will go into effect 11/01/2017.

Short version: it will allow locksmiths to install and work on integrated systems without obtaining additional licenses. ( ie access control, CCTV , residential fire and burglar alarms )
Of course there are some conditions that go along with this and everyone should read the bill to see them.

March 2, 2017
May 2017 class

Regular (Not ODOL) Classes for the OMLA meeting scheduled for May 6th, 2017 have yet to be determined and will be announced when available.

March 2, 2017
reqularly scheduled ODOL classes

OMLA will be offering ODOL sanctioned licensing preparation classes at each regularly scheduled quarterly meeting (except the August meeting) for Locksmithing or Access Control are $275 per class (OMLA members in good standing $225) these classes are 8AM to 5PM Saturday and 8AM to Noon Sunday. Cut off dates for registration will be 30 days prior to scheduled class date.

January 13, 2017
February 4th, 2017 Classes

February 4th, 2017 classes: Servicing and Opening Electronic Safes by CD Lipscomb. cost is $100 if pre-registered or $110 at the door. 8AM to 5PM Saturday the 4th.

ODOL sanctioned licensing preparation for Locksmithing or Access Control are $275 per class (OMLA members in good standing $225) these classes are 8AM to 5PM Saturday and 8AM to Noon Sunday

August 27, 2015
Labor Commissioner Killed

Labor Commissioner, Mark Costello was murdered by an attacker (alleged to be his son Christian) at a local restaurant in OKC area

on Sunday afternoon August 23rd, 2015. The Son has been arraigned and bond was denied. Governor Fallin has yet to announce his replacement.

May 15, 2015
OMLA Annual Swap Meet

The 2015 Annual OMLA Swap Meet scheduled for the August meeting has been moved to the February 2016 meeting in OKC. Further info TBA

May 14, 2015
Rolland Safe moving class in June

OMLA members are invited to attend a 2-day 2015 Professional Safe Moving Class at Rolland Safe & Lock in Dallas, TX.

Date: Saturday/Sunday, June 13-14 at Rolland’s Training Facility.

2 scholarships for this class will be awarded to 2 young men between the age of 12-30. Selection will be made by random drawing on May 21st.

For complete information about scholarships, class contents and registration form, contact Jan Choplin, 214-845-6800.

  Jan Choplin   Communications – Gateway Team


Rolland Safe & Lock Company, LLC

3140 Towerwood Drive | Dallas | Texas | 75234

Direct: 214.845.6800   Toll: 800.225.2984    Fax: 214.845.6694

TPSB# B13643

May 10, 2015
August class and meetings

The OMLA August class will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at 150 Aquarium Drive in Jenks, OK. 74037 918-296-7300 on August 15th, 2015. See education opportunities for details.

See Tulsa location for directions.

A Stanley I-Core class is being considered for the November 2015 class.

March 5, 2015
Location defined for May 2015 meeting

The location for the May 1st and 2nd, 2015 meetings has been resolved and will be held again at the I40E Hampton Inn in Midwest City.

Check the OKC location info for directions, etc.

February 23, 2015
May 2015 meeting and class(s)

Our next meeting and class(s) will be May 2nd in the OKC area.  The location, and the class(s) are being determined and will be posted when available.

December 24, 2014
2015 OMLA Annual Distributor's Show

The annual OMLA Distributor's Show will be held as scheduled on February 7th, 2015 at the Windham Tulsa located at 10918 E. 41st Street, Tulsa, OK. 74133 from 9AM to 3PM with the General business meeting following at 3:30PM. Take some time during the day to visit with the Vendors you use and meet some new ones, find new tools and equipment to make your tasks easier, plus you can visit with associates about experiences and issues encountered during the last year.

The 2016 show has been moved to the August meeting (primarily due to weather conditions experienced the last few years creating major problems for Distributors and the Association) and will be held at the Saddleback Inn in OKC at 4300 SW 3rd on August 20th.

October 31, 2014
November 2014 Hotel reservation ref. number

The reservation number for the November 2014 meeting at the Wyndham Hotel in Tulsa is 10316798. Using this number will allow you to use the special OMLA rate for the weekend.  See you there.

August 21, 2014
OMLA has new Education Chairman

John Roth was appointed by the OMLA Board at the August 2014 Board meeting. Please present your ideas to him via email at or by phone at 405-348-8688.

Welcome aboard John!

July 24, 2014
OMLA special room rate #

The special room rate number for the August 2014 OMLA meeting is 83324557. you will receive the special rate if used.

June 13, 2014
ALOA weekly news industry note

 ALOA Weekly Newsletter included a couple of relevant articles and we've re-published them here

1st entry

SAN ANTONIO -- The Better Business Bureau is warning people about scammers misleading people who are locked out of their home or car.

The BBB reports more than a thousand complaints nationally in 2013 against locksmith companies but say the number is most likely much higher. BBB is having a tough time tracking down these companies because often, the companies have fake addresses or switch you around to fake numbers.

One San Antonio woman, Jenifer Lash, spoke with Eye Witness News about how she was scammed in the summer last year. Jenifer Lash was locked out of her home one night and after she found a locksmith number online, she said the man quoted 60 to 80 dollars for the work. But when she was handed her bill, Lash said it was a huge shock.

"He had swiped it on one of those credit card machines, and when he handed the machine back to me to sign, I saw that the charge was for 185 dollars. So, they've already done the work. You're kind of stuck. And it was late at night, so there really wasn't a whole lot you could do at that point," said Lash.

Reputable companies like Access Key Service said scammers like the locksmith Lash contacted is giving other locksmiths a bad reputation.
"We've been around a long time. We have good people. That's what makes the place. We have fallen below the ranks of used car dealers," said Sam Tornabene, Access Key Service.

Tornabene said the scammers will even pull scare tactics to force people to cough up the money.

"Older people. They'll tell them they'll take them to jail if they don't pay," explained Tornabene.

But Access Key Service has a few tips. First, he recommends getting an estimate by calling around a few places.

"How much is this going to be period? Not how much is going to be to get there," said Tornabene.

If the locksmith shows up and ends up charging far more than the original estimate, Tornabene said do not pay.

"Don't pay. That's just the way it is. And you can call the police," said Tornabene.

Another tip to make sure a locksmith is legitimate,  you can check the company's licensing online with the Texas Department of Public Safety. You can also ask the locksmith to show you a copy of their license.



2nd entry

Locksmith Sues Google in RICO Complaint



     ALEXANDRIA, Va. (CN) - Google lets hundreds of Virginia unlicensed locksmiths advertise on its search engine, undercutting and harming licensed locksmiths, a company claims in a federal RICO lawsuit.
     Baldino's Lock & Key Service sued Google, SuperMedia Sales, Yellowbook, Ziplocal LP and the unlicensed locksmiths using their services, alleging false advertising and racketeering.
     "Google can independently determine, online and automatically, that it is engaged in publishing the names of illegally operating locksmiths," the complaint states. "As of the filing of this suit, there are 150 licensed locksmiths in the State of Maryland, yet Google is publishing over 400 names of purported locksmiths with ostensible locations in Virginia."
     Baldino's claims that Google won't cleanse itself of the unlicensed locksmiths because of the revenue it makes selling Google Adwords.
     "Google is aiding and abetting a fraud by also providing an enhanced platform far beyond the three line-listing submitted, now allowing pictures, reviews, and map locations with pinpoints, creating a picture of legitimacy for an illegal and fraudulent listing," Baldino's claims.
     It adds: "Google has its own policy and procedure statements, which it is violating by not ridding itself of the illegal locksmiths' listing and advertisements.
     "Google's actions and those of the other defendants are damaging to the general public as well. Locksmiths are licensed because they are engaged in security activities and deal with people who are placing in them trust and confidence for providing security services to them and their families. By knowingly aiding and abetting fraudulent locksmiths, Google's and the other defendants' activities impair the security and financial well-being of members of the public who deal with said locksmiths."
     The unlicensed John Doe locksmith defendants are also reaping the benefits from their relationship with Google and the other ad directories "by illegally poaching market share from licensed locksmiths by using fraudulent listings published by the search engines and directories, which the search engines and directories continue to publish knowing that these John Does are in violation of state criminal laws," the complaint states.
     Baldino's claims the ad listings violate federal racketeering laws. It seeks compensatory and punitive damages to be determined at trial. It also wants a court order forcing the companies to remove the listings.
     Baldino's is represented by Andrew Bisulca of Woodbridge, Va


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