Iowa Lawmakers Move to Keep 9-1-1 Calls ‘Confidential’
According to these lawmakers, most 9-1-1 calls in Iowa should be kept from the public's right-to-know.
When you have to call 9-1-1, the last thing you think of, is that calling being made public. It has happened for some and if the law doesn't change, it can happen again and again. No doubt, some of the information on these calls, is and should be, kept private due to the sensitive nature of the emergency.
Some of the this information falls under the category of 'medical information. As the 'open' law stands now, these calls can be accessed publicly. A new bill, currently being fast-tracked to the Iowa Senate after approval from the House, would keep such calls sealed.
According to CBS2Iowa.com,
"The bill declares that 911 calls involving injured victims are medical records and exempt from Iowa's open records law. That means authorities' initial response to shootings, stabbings and many other incidents would face less scrutiny.