Meeting Public Comments

Subcommittee meeting and times are as follows:
A bill for an act relating to school security, including by modifying provisions related to the issuance of school bonds, requiring schools to conduct school safety reviews and have access to the statewide interoperable communications system, establishing the school emergency radio access grant program and the firearm detection software grant program within the department of homeland security and emergency management, requiring the department of public safety to convene a task force related to the safety and security standards of schools and school infrastructure, making appropriations, and including effective date provisions.(See HF 2652.)
Subcommittee members: Nordman-CH, Stone, Wilburn
Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Location: RM 102, Sup. Ct. Consult
Names and comments are public records. Remaining information is considered a confidential record.
Comments Submitted:

Chris Jasper [National Emergency Number Association - Iowa Chapter]
I am writing to address a matter of critical importance regarding the allocation of 911 surcharge funds. As a collective of 911 professionals, we recognize the significance of ensuring these funds are utilized appropriately to maintain and upgrade essential emergency response systems.While I sympathize with the need to enhance school safety measures, we must emphasize the importance of preserving 911 surcharge funds for their intended purpose. These funds play a vital role in ensuring the effectiveness and reliability of our emergency communication systems, which are essential for the safety and wellbeing of our communities.The upkeep and modernization of 911 equipment are paramount to our ability to respond swiftly and efficiently to emergencies. Any diversion of these funds could compromise our ability to maintain the high standards of service that our communities rely on in times of crisis. The concerns from the 911 professionals with HSB 692 are that the radios for the schools should go through their local Public Safety Answering Points (PSAPs).I understand the pressures facing our educational institutions and the imperative to prioritize the safety of our schools. However, I firmly believe that alternative funding sources should be explored to address school safety concerns without jeopardizing the integrity of our 911 infrastructure.I intend not to oppose initiatives to improve school safety but to advocate for the prudent and responsible allocation of resources. I will remain steadfast in our commitment to staying neutral while advocating for protecting 911 surcharge funds for their intended purpose.I appreciate your consideration of our concerns and urge you to champion the preservation of 911 surcharge funds to sustain the vital services upon which our communities rely.Thank you for your attention to this matter and I look forward to the opportunity to discuss this issue further with you.