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Bill Number: SF342
Title: "Back the Blue" Police Officer Protections
Description:

Adds victim privacy protections to victims of assault as well as active or retired judges, police/law enforcement, and prosecutors and their families (won't have addresses revealed in public records). Assessors required to redact information on public facing records if requested. Protects governmental bodies who "incorrectly balance" right to privacy and public. Addresses fraudulent filings in the uniform commercial code, and makes it a simple (first offense) or serious (second & subsequent offenses) to make false claims in order to harass or defraud a debtor. Credits all unused, accrued sick leave for retired public safety employees to an account to be used to pay for the employees' monthly health insurance premiums. Exempts peace officer worker comp claims/payments from retirement calculations, including compensation for vacation time, other benefits. Requires civil service exams be administered by a contracted third party with expertise in the area. Adds unmarked cars to crimes involving eluding law enforcement. States that a peace officer shall not be prohibited from carrying their weapon while engaging in their formal duties (this provision is effective upon enactment). Adds harassment with a laser to the crime of assault (if intent to cause pain or injury; also effective upon enactment). Prohibits bikes/skateboards/other non-vehicle devices on "fully controlled" highways.  Adds local police officers and fire fighters to crime of assault on a jailer/correctional worker/state employee. Makes harassing someone in a public space first degree harassment. Makes damaging/altering/destroying public property (including monuments and statutes) criminal mischief in the second degree, and requires restitution to be ordered. Adds fighting/violence in a public place or at a demonstration, making "loud or raucous noice" that causes unreasonable distress to nearby residents/businesses, makes threatening gestures or uses epitaphs that may end up inciting violence, by words or actions causes such violence, uses the flag in a disrespectful way or defaces/defiles it, to the definition of "disorderly conduct" (simple misdemeanor).  Makes the following an aggravated misdemeanor: blocking a road, property damage, or being present in an unlawful assembly. The crime is up'ed to a class D felony if any of the disorderly conduct acts is committed and there is bodily injury or the person is present at a riot. If bodily injury is serious or a death results, the penalty becomes a class "C" felony. All of these new disorderly conduct penalties are effective upon enactment. Bars local law enforcement agencies from adopting polices that discourage or prohibit the enforcement of state or federal laws. Prohibits local law enforcement from considering race, language spoken, skin color, or national origin when enforcing laws (and allows AG to investigate). Any intentional violations of these will result in loss of state funding. Adds in qualified immunity for police and law enforcement. Redefines riot as more than two people assembling in a violent or "disturbing" manner - and increases penalty from aggravated misdemeanor to class "D" felony (effective upon enactment). Adds in Peace Officer, Public Safety, Emergency Personnel Bill of Rights.  Protects police officer who hit or run over someone with their vehicle during a protest/demonstration from prosecution and allows police officers to have cars with tinted side windows. Makes change to sheriff salary calculations, makes peer support counselor conversations with law enforcement confidential, adds in the Brady-Gigliolist Interim, and a bunch of other stuff described here: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/publications/FN/1219835.pdf

Takes effect 7/1/21.

Status: Signed
Recent Action: 2/10 - Passed Senate Judiciary Committee (15-0) 3/8 - Passed Senate (46-0) 4/14 - Passed House with amendment (63-30) 5/17 - Passed Senate with amendment (27-18) 5/18 - Passed House as amended (56-35) 6/17 - Signed by Governor
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Last Modified: 06/17/2021