Iowa Department of Public Safety reduces charge for public records

From Des Moines Register:  The Iowa Department of Public Safety now says it will not charge The Des Moines Register the overtime rate for an employee to gather data in response to a public records request.

The decision came a day after the newspaper filed three complaints with the Iowa Public Information Board over record costs and access issues involving the departments of Public Safety and Human Services.

Public Safety officials had previously said they were told by the Iowa attorney general’s office to bill the employee time to gather and prepare the data requested by the newspaper at an overtime rate of approximately $59 an hour.

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