Private agency, public dollars-Iowa
|Common Definition Themes|
|These 5 characteristics tend to recur in most state definitions for private agencies which are subject to FOIA laws.|
|1.) Receive or dispense public funds:|
|2.) Created by a public agency:|
|3.) Present themselves as a public entity:|
|4.) Perform a public function:|
|5.) Controlled or managed by a public entity:|
=The legal history does not mention this characteristic or it has rejected this characteristic as a potential defining aspect.
=This characteristic alone is sufficient to bring an organization under the FOIA.
=This is a part of a compound definition requiring multiple characteristics. The numbers after the symbol indicate the additional requirements.
=This is a characteristic that has been mentioned within the legal history and may aid in deciding whether or not the FOIA law applies to an organization but is not a part of a specific definition.
The Iowa Open Records Law only includes non-profits that are licensed for pari-mutual wagering. The act also includes in its definition of public records: "all records relating to the investment of public funds including but not limited to investment policies, instructions, trading orders, or contracts, whether in the custody of the public body responsible for the public funds or a fiduciary or other third party."
The act also explicitly states, "A government body shall not prevent the examination or copying of a public record by contracting with a non-government body to perform any of its duties or functions."
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