Bill Text: IA SF446 | 2021-2022 | 89th General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: A bill for an act creating the community law enforcement enhancement fund and providing an appropriation.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 12-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2021-03-02 - Subcommittee: Kraayenbrink, Lofgren, and T. Taylor. S.J. 497. [SF446 Detail]

Download: Iowa-2021-SF446-Introduced.html
Senate File 446 - Introduced SENATE FILE 446 BY QUIRMBACH , LYKAM , RAGAN , WAHLS , GIDDENS , J. SMITH , MATHIS , PETERSEN , BOLKCOM , T. TAYLOR , DOTZLER , and KINNEY A BILL FOR An Act creating the community law enforcement enhancement fund 1 and providing an appropriation. 2 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 3 TLSB 2418XS (4) 89 as/rh
S.F. 446 Section 1. NEW SECTION . 80.48 Community law enforcement 1 enhancement fund. 2 1. A community law enforcement enhancement fund is 3 established in the state treasury under the control of the 4 department. The fund shall consist of moneys appropriated to 5 the fund for the purposes specified in subsection 2. 6 2. Moneys appropriated to the fund shall be used for grants 7 to municipal police departments and county sheriff departments. 8 Grants may be awarded for the following purposes: 9 a. Peace officer body cameras. For the purchase of 10 equipment, training, the establishment of information storage 11 and retrieval procedures and facilities, and other expenses 12 properly related to initiating a program for peace officers to 13 wear and operate body cameras while on duty in the community. 14 b. Community mental health advocate. For recruiting, 15 training, and paying a portion of the first-year salary and 16 benefits of a community mental health advocate position within 17 a municipal police department or county sheriff department. 18 The duties of a community mental health advocate shall include 19 but are not limited to the following: 20 (1) Provide access to mental health services that may be 21 necessary after a person’s contact with law enforcement. 22 (2) Act as a liaison between a local law enforcement agency 23 and mental health services providers and agencies. 24 (3) Review departmental calls for mental health services to 25 identify the mental health needs of consumers. 26 (4) Assist mental health consumers with identifying and 27 obtaining services. 28 (5) Assist mental health services providers in 29 understanding consumer needs in the community. 30 (6) Coordinate and assist with law enforcement actions 31 requiring possible mental health services. 32 (7) Assist in developing, coordinating, and implementing 33 mental health training. 34 3. A municipal police department or county sheriff 35 -1- LSB 2418XS (4) 89 as/rh 1/ 4
S.F. 446 department may make separate applications for each of the 1 purposes specified in subsection 2. 2 4. Grant awards may be made for up to fifty thousand dollars 3 per grant awarded. 4 5. The department shall allocate at least thirty percent 5 of available funds for grants for each of the purposes 6 specified in subsection 2, provided that adequate qualified 7 applications are received in each category. The department 8 shall distribute funds as equitably as possible to achieve a 9 balanced distribution of funds geographically within the state 10 and among large and small communities. 11 6. Notwithstanding section 8.33, any balance in the fund on 12 June 30 of any fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund 13 of the state but shall remain available for expenditure for the 14 purposes designated for subsequent fiscal years. 15 7. The department shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A 16 necessary for the administration of this section. 17 8. This section is repealed January 1, 2028. 18 Sec. 2. COMMUNITY LAW ENFORCEMENT ENHANCEMENT FUND —— 19 APPROPRIATION. There is appropriated from the general fund of 20 the state to the department of public safety for deposit into 21 the community law enforcement enhancement fund established in 22 section 80.48 for the fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, and 23 ending June 30, 2022, the following amount, or so much thereof 24 as is necessary, to be used for the purposes of the fund: 25 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 5,000,000 26 EXPLANATION 27 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 28 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 29 This bill creates the community law enforcement enhancement 30 fund (fund) established in the state treasury under the 31 control of the department of public safety and provides an 32 appropriation. 33 The bill provides that moneys appropriated to the fund 34 shall be used for grants to municipal police departments and 35 -2- LSB 2418XS (4) 89 as/rh 2/ 4
S.F. 446 county sheriff departments for the following purposes: for 1 the purchase of equipment, training, the establishment of 2 information storage and retrieval procedures and facilities, 3 and other expenses properly related to initiating a program for 4 peace officers to wear and operate body cameras while on duty 5 in the community; and for recruiting, training, and paying a 6 portion of the first-year salary and benefits of a community 7 mental health advocate position within a municipal police 8 department or a county sheriff department. The bill specifies 9 the duties of a community mental health advocate which include 10 but are not limited to the following: providing access to 11 mental health services that may be necessary after a person’s 12 contact with law enforcement; acting as a liaison between 13 a local law enforcement agency and mental health services 14 providers and agencies; reviewing departmental calls for 15 mental health services to identify the mental health needs of 16 consumers; assisting mental health consumers with identifying 17 and obtaining services; assisting mental health services 18 providers in understanding consumer needs in the community; 19 coordinating and assisting with law enforcement actions 20 requiring possible mental health services; and assisting in 21 developing, coordinating, and implementing mental health 22 training. 23 The bill provides that grant awards may be made for up to 24 $50,000 per grant awarded, and a municipal police department or 25 county sheriff department may make separate applications for 26 each of the purposes of the fund. The department of public 27 safety shall allocate at least 30 percent of available funds 28 to grants for each of the purposes of the fund, and shall 29 distribute funds as equitably as possible to achieve a balanced 30 distribution of funds geographically within the state and among 31 large and small communities. Any balance in the fund on June 32 30 of any fiscal year shall not revert to the general fund of 33 the state. 34 The department is directed to adopt rules pursuant to Code 35 -3- LSB 2418XS (4) 89 as/rh 3/ 4
S.F. 446 chapter 17A necessary for the administration of the bill. 1 The bill is repealed on January 1, 2028. 2 The bill makes an appropriation of $5 million from the 3 general fund of the state to the department of public safety 4 for deposit into the fund established in the bill for the 5 fiscal year beginning July 1, 2021, and ending June 30, 2022. 6 -4- LSB 2418XS (4) 89 as/rh 4/ 4
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