Notice of Intended Action

Delegation of advisory opinions, 1.3(2)

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Notice of Intended Action

Proposing rule making related to delegation of advisory opinions

and providing an opportunity for public comment

The Iowa Public Information Board (IPIB) hereby proposes to amend Chapter 1, "Organization and General Administration," Iowa Administrative Code.

Legal Authority for Rule Making

This rule making is proposed under the authority provided in Iowa Code section 23.6(2).

State or Federal Law Implemented

This rule making implements, in whole or in part, Iowa Code section 23.6(3).

Purpose and Summary

The purpose of this proposed rule making is to allow the IPIB Executive Director to delegate preparation of an advisory opinion. Currently, only the IPIB Executive Director is allowed to prepare an advisory opinion.

Fiscal Impact

This rule making has no fiscal impact to the State of Iowa.

Jobs Impact

After analysis and review of this rule making, no impact on jobs has been found.


Any person who believes that the application of the discretionary provisions of this rule making would result in hardship or injustice to that person may petition the IPIB for a waiver of the discretionary provisions, if any, pursuant to 497—Chapter 9.

Public Comment

Any interested person may submit written or oral comments concerning this proposed rule making. Written or oral comments in response to this rule making must be received by the IPIB no later than 4:30 p.m. on February 2, 2021. Comments should be directed to:

Zach Goodrich

Iowa Public Information Board

Wallace State Office Building

502 East 9th Street, Third Floor

Des Moines, Iowa 50319

Phone: 515.725.1782


Public Hearing

No public hearing is scheduled at this time. As provided in Iowa Code section 17A.4(1)"b," an oral presentation regarding this rule making may be demanded by 25 interested persons, a governmental subdivision, the Administrative Rules Review Committee, an agency, or an association having 25 or more members.

Review by Administrative Rules Review Committee

The Administrative Rules Review Committee, a bipartisan legislative committee which oversees rule making by executive branch agencies, may, on its own motion or on written request by any individual or group, review this rule making at its regular monthly meeting or at a special meeting. The Committee's meetings are open to the public, and interested persons may be heard as provided in Iowa Code section 17A.8(6).

The following rule-making action is proposed:

Amend subrule 1.3(2) as follows:

1.3(2) After receiving an opinion request, the board's executive director shall prepare cause to be prepared a draft opinion for board review. If the same or similar issue has been addressed in an opinion of a court, or in an attorney general's opinion, or in another prior advisory opinion, the executive director may respond to the requester by sending a copy of the prior opinion. Upon an affirmative vote of at least five members, the executive director shall issue a board advisory opinion on behalf of the board. Advice contained in a board opinion rendered to a government official or a lawful custodian of a public record, if followed, constitutes a defense for the government official or lawful custodian before the board to a subsequent complaint that is based on the same facts and circumstances. Board staff may also provide written advice on routine matters. However, such advice is not an advisory opinion of the board.

Iowa Public Information Board

Closed For Comments

This notice is now closed for comments. Collection of comments closed on 2/2/2021.

Official Document

The official published PDF of this document is available from the Iowa General Assembly’s Administrative Rules page.

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View the Iowa Administrative Bulletin for 1/13/2021.

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Administrative Rule References

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Rule 497-1.3(2)
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