Open Records Request Costs

SF 2355 
Passed Senate 40-0 on February 23
Passed House 93-0 on March 24

Signed by the governor on May 2


Accessing open records had become difficult in some situations. Under the guise of "legal review," some local governments were charging exorbitant fees.

This new law states that if copies of public records can be provided in less than 30 minutes, the records should be free except for copying costs. If it takes longer than 30 minutes, the cost should be reasonable.

Why does this matter?

It is important for citizens to have access to open records so that they may hold their government accountable. Iowans deserve to know exactly how elected officials and their employees are using tax dollars.



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