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Information is as vital as face masks during COVID crisis

We have all become acutely aware in the past few weeks why masks and face shields, respirators and ventilators are so important for hospital...

Don’t let the ‘new normal’ leave the public out of public...

The news that the State Capitol was closing to the public due to the coronavirus outbreak was just one in a stream of emails...

How accountable are private groups that conduct public business?

A tiny, four-acre plot of land in western Iowa is at the center of a dispute that could have major implications for private organizations...

Public information board warns against document-request restrictions

The Iowa Public Information Board is asking all state agencies to refrain from requiring that information requests be put in writing and submitted through...

UI builds ‘public trust’ in Iowa charities, but without oversight School's...

As part of an effort to build public trust in nonprofits, the University of Iowa maintains an online list of organizations that it says...

Bill aims to eliminate legal fees for accessing public documents

The Iowa Legislature is considering a bill that would prevent governmental agencies from charging citizens a fee to determine whether they’re entitled to see...

Capital Dispatch files open-records complaint against agency State agency won't consider...

Iowa Capital Dispatch has filed a complaint with the Iowa Public Information Board about a state agency’s public-access policies. Iowa Workforce Development requires individuals who...

Legislature needs to fix the cost barrier for public records

There is a retired businessman in western Iowa who bristles every time he reads a newspaper article from somewhere in our state about government...

Uncovering Polk County’s secret list of property owners Records show the...

A corporation owned by Bonnie Netteland and her family owns 27 Polk County properties – child-care centers, apartment buildings and rental homes – worth...
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