DES MOINES — A new state board charged with enforcing Iowa’s public records and meetings laws will also have to settle disputes over records requests.

The new board that was created July 1 has already received about 50 complaints.

The complaints come both from public records advocates and from government agencies that say they are facing unreasonable requests.

For instance, a county hospital administrator in Denison said he has received more than 300 information requests from Richard Knowles in the past 16 months.

And Ottumwa city officials said staff members sometimes spend more than 75 percent of their day fulfilling records requests.

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