Iowa's Open Meetings Law allows governmental bodies to hold discussions in closed session, but only for purposes narrowly defined by the law.
Iowa's Open Meetings Law defines limited grounds for government bodies to hold closed sessions of government meetings.
Iowa law does not exempt a governmental body from agenda requirements for closed sessions.
Government bodies often conduct open meetings that include a closed session. Closed sessions are lawful, but just who is allowed to remain when the doors close?
It is very serious business when a governmental body goes into closed session and asks the public to leave. The body must vote to close the meeting and only can do so for certain reasons.
Here are steps government bodies must take for a meeting to be closed.
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