OPEN RECORDS: Gov. Wants To ‘Close’ Loopehole


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.


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