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City demands recordings of commission's closed-door meetings

DAVENPORT — Lawyers for the city of Davenport have demanded audio recordings of several closed-door meetings of the city's civil rights commission.

The Quad-City Times reports that letters given to the commissioners Tuesday say the commission held at least eight meetings since January 2017 in violation of Iowa's open meetings laws.

Commission director Latrice Lacey says the commission holds closed meetings only as allowed under state law.

The letters ask the commission to turn over the information by Feb. 26 or explain the delay. Other information requested includes service contracts with outside legal counsel, which the letters suggest would be used by the commission against the city in court.

The city and the commission have been in a dispute about commission membership since three commissioners were replaced against their will late last year.

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