Capitol Hill Day
2017 Capitol Hill Day 2017 is Highly Successful
IACLEA Officials Meet with Key Congressional Leadership and Administration Representatives on Pending Legislative Issues
Campus safety experts brought forward insights and recommendations to law and policy makers during IACLEA's annual Capitol Hill Day. More than 20 board members and general members spent a long day criss-crossing the expansive Capitol Hill area to spur action on legislative topics. They also met with representatives from multiple federal agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Homeland Security, and the COPS Office.
"It was an honor to represent all my colleagues in campus law enforcement in seeking support from both chambers of Congress on initiatives to keep our campuses safe," said IACLEA President Randy Burba, Chief of Public Safety at Chapman University (Orange, California).
IACLEA board members and members from selected states and districts held meetings with key staff responsible for the development of revisions to the Clery Campus Crime Reporting and Title IX requirements. The meetings included all four House and Senate Education Committee leadership offices: Senators Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-WA), as well as Representatives Chairwoman Virginia Foxx (R-NC) and Ranking Member Bobby Scott (D-VA).
In addition to meetings with the lawmakers with jurisdiction over the pending Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, IACLEA also focused on meetings with Judiciary and Homeland Security Committee leaders responsible for consideration of The Sean Collier Act. IACLEA delegates requested swift consideration of the proposed amendment to the law that continues to be championed by Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) and Representative Capuano (D-MA), who committed to reintroducing the bills later this month during meetings with IACLEA members.
The Sean Collier Act would provide federal death benefits to families of campus law enforcement officers at private institutions who are killed in the line of duty. It is the same benefit provided to family members of officers at public institutions. Sean Collier was an officer at MIT when he was killed by the Boston Marathon bombers.
Representative Foxx earned IACLEA's Congressional Champion Award for 2017. A delegation presented her a gorgeous vase at a ceremony in her Capitol Hill office.
"Capitol Hill Day was an educational experience on both sides of the house," said IACLEA President-elect David Bousquet, Chief of Police at Becker College (Worcester, Massachusetts). "All the meetings were very productive and in the best interest of campus public safety."
We hope to see you in Washington, DC for next year's event!
Photos by Andrew Harper and Ross Stanfield