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Sunshine Advisories

The Attorney General’s “Sunshine Advisories” discuss basic requirements and application of Iowa's "sunshine" laws.  The state's sunshine laws include the Open Meetings Law (Iowa Code Chapter 21) and Public Records Law (Iowa Code Chapter 22).

The advisories are a resource for citizens as well as local governmental employees and officials.  Local governmental employees or officials should obtain legal advice from their counsel, such as the city or county attorney.

Each advisory lists the date it was first published and last updated.

The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) is an independent board that the Iowa Legislature established specifically to address open meetings and open records-related matters.  The IPIB provides information to the public and governmental entities on "sunshine" issues.

The IPIB, which has jurisdiction and authority to investigate and enforce Iowa's open meetings and open records laws, enables citizens to file a complaint if they believe that someone is violating these laws.

Citizens who have inquiries or complaints about public records or open meetings should contact the Iowa Public Information Board.

Iowa Public Information Board
Wallace Building, Third Floor
502 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Phone: 515-725-1781

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