SF430 was passed by the Senate last week and sent to the Governor yesterday. It creates the Iowa Public Information Board as a new entity to investigate and enforce Iowa’s Open Meetings and Open Records Laws. It allows the Board to facilitate a mediation and settlement process when a complainant and government entity cannot agree on whether a violation of either act has occurred, and creates an alternative complaint and enforcement proceeding to be adjudicated by the Board if mediation fails or is refused. The Board will consist of nine members appointed by the Governor. The Board will be given the authority to hire one staff person, an attorney, to act as Executive Director.
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