Opinion: Technology pushes the boundaries of Iowa sunshine laws

From The Gazette: Times sure have changed since the first public meeting convened in the Senate Chamber of the Old Capitol in Iowa City.

Many of the dozen or so attendees at the Iowa Public Information Board meeting there on Thursday were messing around with some electronic devices.


This technology is more than a distraction, it’s pushing at the boundaries of Iowa Open Meeting Law first drafted back in 1978.

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House restores teeth to open-records bill

From Des Moines Register:

The Iowa House today approved a much-improved bill on transparency and open government than the one I wrote about in today’s column.  The legislation, which creates a board to review complaints and enforce Iowa’s Open Meetings and Records Law, made significant strides today.