Senate File 2217 - Introduced SENATE FILE 2217 BY JOHNSON A BILL FOR An Act relating to closed meetings of a public hospital. 1 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF IOWA: 2 TLSB 5870XS (2) 85 rh/rj
S.F. 2217 Section 1. Section 21.5, subsection 1, paragraph l, Code 1 2014, is amended to read as follows: 2 l. To discuss patient care quality and process improvement 3 initiatives in a meeting of a public hospital or to discuss 4 marketing and pricing strategies or similar , strategic 5 planning, and other proprietary information in a meeting of a 6 public hospital, where public disclosure of such information 7 would harm such a hospital’s competitive position when no 8 public purpose would be served by public disclosure. The 9 minutes and the audio recording of a closed session under 10 this paragraph shall be available for public inspection when 11 the public disclosure would no longer harm the hospital’s 12 competitive position. For purposes of this paragraph, “public 13 hospital” means a hospital licensed pursuant to chapter 135B 14 and governed pursuant to chapter 145A , 226 , 347 , 347A , or 392 . 15 This paragraph does not apply to the information required to 16 be disclosed pursuant to section 347.13, subsection 11 , or to 17 any discussions relating to terms or conditions of employment, 18 including but not limited to compensation of an officer or 19 employee or group of officers or employees. 20 EXPLANATION 21 The inclusion of this explanation does not constitute agreement with 22 the explanation’s substance by the members of the general assembly. 23 Under Iowa’s open meetings law (Iowa Code chapter 21), 24 a meeting of a public hospital may be closed to the public 25 to discuss patient care quality and process improvement 26 initiatives or to discuss marketing and pricing strategies 27 or similar proprietary information, where public disclosure 28 of such information would harm the hospital’s competitive 29 position. This bill amends this provision to also allow a 30 public hospital to hold a closed meeting to discuss strategic 31 planning and other proprietary information of the public 32 hospital where public disclosure of such information would harm 33 the hospital’s competitive position. 34 -1- LSB 5870XS (2) 85 rh/rj 1/ 1