Public input sought on elimination of Iowa boards, commissions

Together with the Boards and Commissions Review Committee, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds is calling for public input on proposed recommendations to reform Iowa’s board and commissions. More than 70 boards and commissions could be eliminated, and many others would be merged, consolidated and reorganized.

The Boards and Commissions Review Committee, created in the Governor’s alignment bill, is responsible for reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of all boards, commissions, and other similar entities created in Iowa law. Based on the Committee’s ongoing review, its members have proposed preliminary recommendations, which can be found online here. An explanation of some of the reasoning behind the reviews is included in the list of preliminary recommendations.

The Committee is required to submit a report containing its final findings and recommendations to the Governor and the general assembly no later than Sept. 30, 2023.

“Iowans should submit their feedback on the committee’s preliminary recommendations, helping this committee put together a well-rounded final proposal. Reviewing Iowa’s 256 Boards and Commissions is long overdue, and Iowans now have the chance to weigh in on how their taxpayer dollars should be used to support them,” said Reynolds.

Members of the public and interested stakeholders can submit comments on the Committee’s preliminary recommendations by sending an email to

The Boards and Commissions Review Committee will also hold a meeting in Room 103 of the State Capitol (Old Supreme Court Chamber) on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2023, at noon for further public input on recommendations to be made by the Committee.

If members of the public are interested in addressing the committee at its Sept. 6 meeting, please email and request to speak.Those interested are asked to include their name and if they are representing an organization.

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