Iowa utilities regulator to seek exemptions from public records law

The Iowa Utilities Board plans to seek public records exemptions from the Legislature so it can communicate more thoroughly with utilities and federal regulatory agencies about cybersecurity and cyberattacks.

Under the current public records law, information about cybersecurity at utility companies is not shielded from the public, IUB Chairwoman Geri Huser told the House Commerce Committee Monday. That limits board members and IUB staff from complete access to cybersecurity information, such as how utilities protect against cyberattacks and respond in the event of an attack.