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IPIB AO 2017-13

Thursday, January 18, 2018
Iowa Code chapters 17A and 331 appeal procedure

IPIB AO 2017-13

January 18, 2018

SUBJECT:  Iowa Code chapters 17A and 331 appeal procedure

Kevin Kilgore
1695 115th Street
Diagonal, Iowa 50845

Dear Mr. Kilgore:

This opinion is in response to your filing of December 13, 2017, requesting an opinion from the Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) pursuant to Iowa Code section 23.6 and rule 497—1.2.  We note at the outset that IPIB’s jurisdiction is limited to the application of Iowa Code chapters 21, 22, and 23, and rules in Iowa Administrative Code chapter 497.  Advice in a Board opinion, if followed, constitutes a defense to a subsequent complaint based on the same facts and circumstances.

FACTUAL STATEMENT:  You request an advisory opinion regarding Iowa Code chapters 17A and 331.


  1. Is the appeal process of Iowa Code section 17A.19 available to citizens for all local government entities?
  2. Are Iowa Code chapter 331 and/or Iowa City Code (e.g. section 362.9) applicable to other local government entities?


The questions you ask are not within the jurisdiction of the Board.  Rule 497-1.2 states:

497—1.2(23) Requirements for requesting board advisory opinions. 1.2(1) Jurisdiction. The board will only issue advisory opinions pertaining to Iowa Code chapters 21 and 22, or rules adopted thereunder. The board shall not have jurisdiction over the judicial or legislative branches of state government or any entity, officer, or employee of those branches, or over the governor or the office of the governor.

In the body of your correspondence, you also list various other code section.  The IPIB does not have the authority to issue guidance on Iowa Code section 17A.19, 362.9, 66.4, 66.2, 331, or 364.2.

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Rule 497-1.3(3), a person who has received a board opinion may, within 30 days after the issuance of the opinion, request modification or reconsideration of the opinion.  A request for modification or reconsideration shall be deemed denied unless the board acts upon the request within 60 days of receipt of the request.  The IPIB may take up modification or reconsideration of an advisory opinion on its own motion within 30 days after the issuance of an opinion.

Pursuant to Iowa Administrative Rule 497-1.3(5), a person who has received a board opinion or advice may petition for a declaratory order pursuant to Iowa Code section 17A.9.  The IPIB may refuse to issue a declaratory order to a person who has previously received a board opinion on the same question, unless the requestor demonstrates a significant change in circumstances from those in the board opinion.

                                                                        BY DIRECTION AND VOTE OF THE BOARD

Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Chair
E. J. Giovannetti 
Keith Luchtel
Monica McHugh
Frederick Morian
William Peard
Julie Pottorff
Suzan Stewart
Renee Twedt

Submitted by: Margaret E. Johnson, Executive Director


Issued on: ___________________________


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