From the editor: Cost for a copy of a public record in Iowa? Let’s start with free

Carol Hunter Des Moines Register May 8 2022

Advocates for Iowans’ right to know have won a rare legislative victory with passage of a bill specifying that copies of many public records should be free other than for copying costs if they can be provided in less than 30 minutes, and when fees are charged, they should be reasonable. 

The measure, Senate File 2322, was unanimously approved in both the House and Senate and signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds on May 2. It was floor-managed by Sen. Waylon Brown, a Republican from Osage, and Rep. Megan Jones, a Republican from Sioux Rapids. 

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