Iowa transparency legislation
Transparency legislation proposed in Iowa.
In February Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad named Bill Monroe, former director of the Iowa Newspaper Association, special advisor on government transparency. Monroe's advisory role is unpaid. During his inaugural address in January Branstad called for greater transparency. "Sunshine remains the best cure for what ails our government," he said.
- House File 74 An Act relating to the establishment of a searchable budget database website for the public to access the details of the expenditure of state tax revenues and a searchable tax rate database for the public to access the details of each tax rate for all taxing districts in the state.
- Senate Study Bill 1231 "Members of the Senate State Government Committee voted 10-5 Wednesday to approve a measure containing provisions enhancing Iowa’s “sunshine” laws pertaining to public disclosure of out-of-court settlements and charitable donations to public foundations."
- Senate File 161 would create an Iowa public information board which would hear citizen complaints regarding government compliance with the open records law, and be empowered to enforce compliance.
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