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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Iowa House Guts FOI Reform Bill

A key piece of legislation aimed at protecting open government faces an uncertain future during the last days of the Legislature, after a House committee gutted many of its provisions for being too controversial.

The Senate passed a bill on Monday that would make several changes to Iowa’s “sunshine” laws and create a five-member state commission to resolve disputes over meetings and records between citizens and public officials.

Late Tuesday, the House’s state government committee also approved the new
commission — but gutted almost all other changes to the sunshine statutes that were aimed at stopping the worst abuses.

More here.

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