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OPEN RECORDS: Gov. Wants To ‘Close’ Loopehole

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Gov. Terry Branstad used his weekly news conference Monday to announce four industrial sites that achieved certification through the Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Certified Site Program, but he ended up answering more questions about state separation agreements.

The governor says he would support the bill the house passed making all termination settlement agreements open

“I think because it’s taxpayer’s money the people of Iowa do have a right to know why somebody is dismissed or why a settlement is reached and I think that information should be public. It is a loophole that’s been in our open records law for too long and it’s time to close it,” says Branstad.

Gov. Branstad says having truly open records would reduce lawsuits against the state.


  • William Denison

    Braindead has proven himself to be a liar. Anything this loser has to say has to be considered a lie.

  • Cheri Morrow

    Today Governor Branstad hid behind “Administrative Rules & Policies” that state they cannot talk about personnel issues. In this case, the Des Moines Register was provided & has posted the Judge’s Rulings which address prior discipline, annual evaluations and reasons the State gave for termination. The letters of termination are posted, as well as “Political” emails. Lieutenant Governover, Kim Reynolds failed to tell her involvment with the Osceola crew & DOT officials which continued until Ken & Steve were terminated. Reynolds is from Osceola & knew the crew prior to her election. To truly understand what the DOT & State of Iowa officials have done, please read the Judge’s Rulings at the Des Moines Register

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