Lawmakers push bill to keep 911 calls secret
DES MOINES (AP) — A bill moving swiftly through the Iowa Legislature would eliminate the public’s right to access 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured, sealing off key information about authorities’ first response to shootings and other incidents.
The bill would declare that audio, video and transcripts of 911 calls involving injured victims of crimes or accidents are confidential medical records and exempt from the Iowa open records law. In addition, any calls involving juveniles under the age of 18 would automatically be confidential.
The House passed the measure unanimously this month, and a Senate committee passed it Thursday with some Democratic opposition. A final vote could happen as early as next week.