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Iowa Reexamining Law on Cost of Public Records

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Iowa law says the fee for copying public records “shall not exceed the cost of providing the service” but a recent audit of compliance by Iowa newspapers showed state and local agencies have very different ideas of what that actual cost is. The audit has prompted the Iowa attorney general’s office to develop guidelines and the legislature to consider a new law, the DesMoines Register reported in an article detailing the possible changes. It also provided readers a list of available public documents they might find useful. (4/11/05)