Iowa Freedom of Information Council: Iowa more open with public information

From The Iowa Freedom of Information Council released its annual “State of Freedom of Information in Iowa” report at its annual business meeting Thursday in Iowa City, detailing a slew of public information developments over the last year.

Most notably, the Iowa Public Information Board began full operations in July. The board meets monthly to review complaints from citizens who say their requests for public information have been wrongly denied.


The annual report from the Freedom of Information Council — an independent nonprofit group, separate from the Public Information Board — also highlighted a handful of other changes to Iowa’s public information landscape.


The Freedom of Information Council itself faces changes as well as the group looks to close its projected budget deficit next year, possibly through increasing membership fees.

“It’s apparent that going forward, we’re going to have to figure out a way to make a little bit more money every year,” executive director Kathleen Richardson said. “ … Dues have not increased, as far as we can tell, in the whole history of the organization.”

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The Iowa Freedom of Information Council is a member of NFOIC. –eds