Iowa Admin. Code r. 161-1.1 - Organization and administration

(1) Organization.
a. Commission. The Iowa civil rights commission is a seven-member body. Members are appointed by the governor pursuant to Iowa Code section 216.3.
b. Location. The Iowa civil rights commission, hereinafter referred to as "commission," is located on the First Floor, Grimes State Office Building, 400 E. 14th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319-1004; telephone (515)281-4121; toll-free in Iowa only 1-800-457-4416; facsimile transmission (fax) (515)242-5840. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or the business hours set by the office of the governor or otherwise established by the legislature.
(2) Administration. The executive director is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the commission's activities.
(3) Electronic attendance of commissioners.
a. Notification. A commissioner wishing to attend the commission meeting by electronic means shall notify the executive director of this intent. The executive director will then take all reasonable measures to ensure that the necessary equipment is available at the site selected for the commission meeting. The commissioner attending by electronic means is responsible for ensuring that adequate equipment is available at the commissioner's location.
b. Public participation. Whenever any commissioners attend by electronic means, public access to the conversation of the commission will be allowed at the location of at least one of the commissioners. Unless good cause requires otherwise, the location where public access to the conversation is provided shall be a location reasonably accessible to the public. If the location is not reasonably accessible to the public, the nature of the good cause justifying inaccessibility shall be stated in the minutes.
c. Electronic attendance of multiple commissioners. If at the time a commissioner notifies the executive director of the intent to attend electronically that commissioner's electronic attendance would mean that four or more commissioners would be attending separately via electronic means, then that commissioner may not attend by electronic means unless the in-person attendance of any four of the commissioners attending the meeting at any of the available meeting sites is impossible or impracticable.
d. Conducting electronic meeting. Whenever four or more commissioners are separately attending a commission meeting by electronic means, the commission shall conduct the meeting in accordance with the following requirements:
(1) The commission shall keep detailed minutes of all discussion, all persons present and all action. The commission shall electronically record all proceedings in the meeting and retain such recordings for no less than one year from the date of the meeting.
(2) The minutes of the meeting shall include a statement explaining why a meeting in person was impossible or impracticable.
(3) The public notice of the meeting shall state the location of the meeting to be the location where public access to the conversation is provided.


Iowa Admin. Code r. 161-1.1
ARC 8749B, lAB 5/5/10, effective 6/9/10

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