Jeff Danielson

Senator

Cedar Falls, IA

Jeff Danielson has served as a State Senator in Iowa since his election in 2004. Jeff has a passion for making government work well and work for the people. He led Iowa’s recent government efficiency efforts, responsible for nearly $300 million per year in cost savings, helping Iowa weather the recent recession with a balanced budget and historically high reserves. Significant accomplishments in the efforts included hiring Iowa’s first Chief Information Officer, consolidating technology resources, and streamlining the state government workforce. Jeff has also helped to guide progressive election law changes in Iowa, like same day registration, vote by mail, voter verified paper trail. He drafted and managed the nation’s first campaign finance law in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2010. Outside of the legislature, Jeff is a professional firefighter and an adjunct professor of public policy at the University of Northern Iowa.

Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas Shared

Problem

In our ever-developing digital world, traditional 911 procedures no longer empower citizens to immediately report emergencies. Crowdsourcing 911 by actively engaging citizens to use social media tools & text message alerts in a dynamic two-way conversation ensures timely information is available. Currently, some local public safety agencies were purchasing this technology on their own, layering in unnecessary costs all across Iowa, money that could be saved by having a statewide system available to all.

Solution

Senator Danielson has passed a bill to create Crowdsourcing Iowa 911, which integrates traditional dispatch for police, fire & EMS services with social media tools, empowering Iowans to be the ears & eyes of their communities, allowing for real-time two-way communication in a new & modern way. Iowa's approach is innovative in that it cuts costs, speeds up the adoption of dynamic two-way 911 communication technologies and improves the interoperability of state & local public safety agencies.