DES MOINES (AP) — The Iowa House has approved a measure creating a state agency that would enforce open records and meetings laws and mediate disputes between individuals and government.
The House approved the measure Tuesday on a 92-7 vote and the proposal to create an Iowa Public Information Board now goes to the Senate. Supporters said they were optimistic it would be approved.
The organization would offer training to government officials about Iowa’s open meetings and records laws. It also would create an easier process for individuals and the media to seek information from local governments and school boards.
The agency wouldn’t have jurisdiction over the Legislature, judiciary or Governor’s Office.
The governor would name people to the nine-member board, but it would be required to include three people nominated by media associations, three by local-government groups and three unaffiliated citizens.
The agency would have one staffer, who would serve as executive director and the organization’s attorney.