LEGISLATIVE ACTION ALERT
BILLS TO REDEFINE EMERGENCY TELECOMMUNICATORS FROM CLERICAL TO FIRST RESPONDER
CONTACT YOUR HOUSE REPRESENTATIVES NOW
APCO and NENA have been working to promote a bill in the Iowa House and Senate that would make permanent changes in the law to designate all emergency operators as Public Safety Telecommunicators and to add first responder to the definition of the job.
Last week the Senate took up SF 2373, their version of the Telecommunicators legislation. The bill unanimously passed the Senate. It has one more hurdle to pass before heading to the Governor for her signature and becoming law.
The House bill, HF 2531, unanimously passed the Public Safety Committee at the end of February clearing the first funnel deadline. The bill is eligible for debate on the House Calendar and its companion, meaning identical Senate file, SF2473, is now attached to the House file on the House Calendar. This is a clear signal that it is ready to be passed and head to the Governor.
Now we need the House leadership to place the bill on the Calendar before they adjourn for the session. If this bill doesn’t move, we will have to come back next session and restart the process.