The Iowa Democrat says the Ed Thomas Act he introduced Wednesday will clarify existing privacy requirements to allow law enforcement agencies and medical providers to communicate more effectively when patients pose an inherent risk to the community.
Thomas was fatally shot in June of last year by former student Mark Becker, who has beenfor the crime.
Becker had an earlier run-in with police and was hospitalized in a mental health unit. He was released several days before the shooting, and police weren't notified.
Braley says Iowa recently passed legislation that gave the state's law enforcement officers assistance in preventing similar tragedies, while also protecting the rights of medical patients.