Is public information harder to access today?

Iowa Freedom of Information Council director speaks on topic amid proposed rule changes

By Elijah Decious, August 12, 2022, The Gazette

Whether you’re a reporter or an ordinary citizen, requesting public information from government entities has proved to be challenging in recent years.  In July, the Iowa Public Information Board dropped a proposed rule change that would have required agencies to acknowledge requests for information within two business days.  Many agencies balked at the proposal.  Another rule proposed would allow government entities to delay fulfillment for a vague reason: “unforeseen circumstances.”

Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council since 2015, recently spoke with The Gazette about the challenges of accessing public information.

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