‘Walking quorums’ block Iowa government openness

From Press-citizen.com:

During the Sept. 18 open government workshop with the Iowa Newspaper Association, local citizens learned much about how to use the state’s public records and open meetings laws to hold their officials accountable. But the existing laws have one major weakness: they still allow circumvention through a process called “walking quorums.”


In an effort to circumvent the spirit of the Open Meetings law, governing bodies in Iowa often employ a process known as “walking quorum,” where plans are presented to only one or two elected officials at a time. City staff retains control of all information, as well as of the spin placed on all related issues.