- Associated Press - Thursday, March 5, 2015

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Senate committee has approved a bill that would require contact information for elected public officials in Iowa to be published online in a timely manner.

A state government committee approved the bill unanimously Thursday. It now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

The bill would require an entity to post contact information for an elected public official within 30 days of the official’s swearing in to the position. A public official includes lawmakers, county board supervisors, city council members and board members of a school district.

Some lobbyists speaking earlier Thursday expressed concern about whether private information would be required. Sen. Jeff Danielson, a Cedar Falls Democrat and committee chairman, says the bill is aimed at ensuring the public can easily reach officials, not disclosing private information.

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