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


Governor signs long-sought law on fees for records

Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Monday a bill that has been on the “wish list” for journalists and public transparency advocates since 2018. SF 2322 makes important changes in Iowa’s public records law that relate to the fees state … Continue Reading


Iowa needs to stop keeping police discipline secret

The following column was written by Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. The column appeared in several Iowa newspapers and news websites.The actions of journalists and police officers were in the spotlight last week in … Continue Reading


Reporter’s trial violates First Amendment freedoms

The following editorial by the Des Moines Register addresses the troubling trial that begins March 8 for a reporter who was arrested while covering protests in Des Moines in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. The Iowa Freedom … Continue Reading


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