Iowa seeks to dismiss ex-agent’s records petition

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge is considering whether a lawsuit should be dismissed in which a fired state investigator claims state officials violated the open records law when they gave his confidential personnel documents to a retired judge at the request of Gov. Terry Branstad.

Former DCI special agent Larry Hedlund says the Iowa Department of Public Safety should be punished for giving documents to retired Iowa Chief Justice Louis Lavorato.

Lavorato was appointed by Branstad to investigate Hedlund’s claims he was fired in July because he complained that the governor’s speeding state vehicle was not ticketed.

Hedlund’s attorney says in court arguments Friday Lavorato isn’t a state employee and isn’t entitled to confidential records.

Attorneys for the state say Lavorato was appointed by Branstad, giving him the right to have the documents.

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