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Do I have to file a public meetings or records complaint with the Public Information Board instead of going to court? If I file a complaint with the board and am dissatisfied with the result, can I appeal?

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Do I have to file a public meetings or records complaint with the Public Information Board instead of going to court? If I file a complaint with the board and am dissatisfied with the result, can I appeal?

Answer: 

Any person, the attorney general or county attorney seeking to enforce open meetings and records laws can bring the complaint before the board, or the individual can bring an action in state district court, as under current law. If more than one party simultaneously brings an action before the board and in court, the court shall stay the ending resolution of the complaint by the board. A final board order is subject to judicial review.case p

A final board order is subject to judicial review.  Iowa Code section 17A.19 and Iowa Administrative Code sections 497-4.25 to 4.28 provide guidance for seeking further review.

 

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