Human Rights Measure

Human Rights
Human Rights

IPIB Information on Open Meetings/Public Records & COVID-19

Date Enacted: June 2021
Country: United States
Region: North America

According to this directive, the Governor will “continue to temporarily suspend” provisions of the Iowa Code “imposing a requirement to hold a public meeting or hearing, to the extent that the statutes could be interpreted to prevent a governmental body from holding the meeting by electronic means.” The “governmental body” is required to provide “a telephone conference number or website address that permits the public to participate in the meeting or hearing.” This followed March 2020 guidance regarding requirements to be met for the holding of electronic meetings including  that “public access to the conversation of the meeting must be available.”