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Safe at Home program proposed

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and state Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) spoke to reporters Thursday about the Safe At Home Act, which will provide address confidentiality for victims of domestic abuse and those who are concerned for their safety. (submitted photo)

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate and state Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) spoke to reporters Thursday about the Safe At Home Act, which will provide address confidentiality for victims of domestic abuse and those who are concerned for their safety. (submitted photo)

By The Iowa Statesman

 

Today state Rep. Dean Fisher (R-Garwin) and Secretary of State Paul Pate held a press conference to announce the Safe At Home Act, which will provide address confidentiality, via the Secretary of State’s Office, for victims of domestic abuse and others who are concerned for their safety.

The Safe at Home act, which has been implemented in more than 30 other states, allows participants to establish a “bind mailbox” through the Secretary of State’s Office. That “address” can then be used for court proceedings, as well as for voter registration, which both currently require a physical address that receives First Class mail.

Pate, a Republican, has worked closely with Fisher in the Republican-led House of Representatives. A similar bill, Senate Study Bill 1134, has been offered in the Democrat-controlled Senate.

“I will do all I can to ensure the safety and well-being of Iowans,” said Fisher. “I believe this legislation is a commonsense solution to make sure everyone is safe at home here in Iowa.”