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Terry Branstad on Government Reform

 

 


2010: No fees for government records; 2011: imposed fees

During his 2010 campaign for governor, Branstad promised he wouldn't impose fees for legal reviews of public documents requested under Iowa's open-records law. His legal counsel also questioned the legality of those fees while running for attorney general that year.

But almost immediately after taking office in 2011, Branstad began imposing those same fees. In September, the Register agreed to pay $626 for a legal review of 677 emails involving the Iowa Juvenile Home. The Register paid the fee, but the state, under a policy endorsed by the Iowa attorney general, initially decided to keep 1/3 of the requested emails confidential.

[In 2013], the Register requested detailed information on the number of youths kept in isolation cells at the Iowa Juvenile Home. The Iowa Department of Human Services responded that it would compile the information if the newspaper first paid $31,776. The newspaper rejected the proposal, and the state later provided similar information at no charge.

Source: Des Moines Register on 2014 Iowa gubernatorial race , Jan 6, 2014

Sunset of rules and regulations every four years

Source: 2011 Iowa Gubernatorial press release , Feb 16, 2011

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