Reforms Could Clarify Iowa Open Records Law, Increase Transparency
IOWA CITY — A police officer fired a gun in the Old Capitol Mall, just a couple hundred feet from stores, a medical clinic and University of Iowa offices.
University officials call the 2009 incident an “accidental discharge” and say nobody was injured. But they refused to disclose who did it, how it happened, or how the officer — a state employee working for University of Iowa police — was disciplined. To withhold those details from the public, the university cites a section of Iowa’s open records law which protects personnel information.