Misguided gov’t proposal targets ‘vexatious’ people

Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, wrote this column, which appeared in several newspapers and news websites around the state.   Many decades ago, Mrs. Gentry and Mr. Halferty put up with an inquisitive kid’s … Continue Reading




Thin skin plagues some officials over criticism at meetings

This column appeared in some Iowa newspapers and on Iowa news and commentary websites. The author is executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. By Randy Evans Around the time the “The Bridges of Madison County” movie premiered … Continue Reading



DeWitt school board loses lawsuit over illegal closed meeting

A Clinton County judge issued a stinging decision last month that the Central DeWitt school board violated Iowa’s public meetings law when board members, the school superintendent and several other administrators met in a nearly two-hour closed meeting to discuss … Continue Reading



Bettendorf school board admits meeting improperly closed

The board of education of the Bettendorf Community School District has approved  an agreement to settle a lawsuit that challenged the legality of a board gathering held in May 2022. The school board voted recently to accept the out-of-court settlement … Continue Reading


Governor must follow the law, too

Here is the statement Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, issued in response to the State Appeals Board’s and the Polk County District Court’s acceptance of the settlement of the public-records lawsuit the Council, the … Continue Reading


Council sues school district over closed meeting

The Iowa Freedom of Information Council sued the Centerville school district on Wednesday, challenging the legality of a closed meeting on Feb. 3 during which the school board accepted the resignation of an employee who had been on administrative leave … Continue Reading


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