Friday, August 18, 2023, at 1:15 p.m.

Grime State Office Building, B100

400 E 14th Street

Des Moines, IA 50319




I.                   Roll Call


II.                 Recognition of Staff, Interns, Public, and Press


III.              Approval of Minutes from June 16, 2023 meeting


IV.              Acceptance of Agenda

  1. Chair and Vice Chair review of agenda format changes.
  2. Approval of temporary rules adopted on May 19, 2023 and amended on June 16, 2023.


V.          Public Comment (oral or written) – pursuant to temporary public decorum rules adopted on May 19, 2023 public comment shall be limited to four minutes


VI.       Closed Session pursuant to Iowa Code §21.5(1)(f).  (“A governmental body may hold a closed session only by affirmative public roll-call vote of either two-thirds of the members of the body or all of the members present at the meeting. A governmental body may hold a closed session only to the extent a closed session is necessary . . .  to discuss the decision to be rendered in a contested case conducted according to the provisions of chapter 17A.)


VII.           Findings of the Commission regarding ICRC, ex rel Kristi McMillin v. Teresa Roby


VII.           Standing Business

a.       Director’s Written Report – Executive Director, Kristen Stiffler

i.                  DIAL Merger – Attached Unit              

ii.                Red Tape Review pursuant to Executive Order 10

iii.        Office Updates (legislative, federal contracts, staff update, education and outreach, litigation and case law)


IX.         Old Business

a.       Discussion of ICRC’s Red Tape Review pursuant to Executive Order 10 and opportunities and challenges to conducting substantive rule changes simultaneously (Executive Director, Kristen Stiffler)

b.        Iowa Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Report (Overview, Background, Methodology, Finding I: pgs. 1-16) (Executive Director, Kristen Stiffler)

c.       Presentation and discussion of drafted public decorum commission rules (Chairwoman Ordaz and Vice Chairwoman White)

d.      Recap and discussion of Deputy Director Stone’s May visit from Dept. of Human Rights (Commissioner Kooiker)


              New Business

a.       Establish formal liaison of an ICRC commissioner to Human Rights Commission meetings and invite HRC to do the same (Commissioner Kooiker)

b. Commissioner discussion around roles responsibilities to public emails

c. Board Meeting Cadence


X.                   Commissioners’ Reports

                   Commissioner Holly White

                   Commissioner Marcelena Ordaz

                   Commissioner Dennis Mandsager

                   Commissioner Sam Kooiker

                   Commissioner Don DeKock

                   Commissioner Dr. Kit Ford

                   Commissioner Daniel Kennedy


IX.              Set Next Meeting


IIX.                 Adjournment


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Attending the Iowa Civil Rights Commission virtually – please see the below information


The ICRC continues to provide additional options for those wishing to attend virtually.  The ICRC meeting will be set up as a Zoom Webinar and will be recorded.  This recording will be available on the ICRC YouTube page.



Virtual Public Comment


This Zoom link will allow for any individual the opportunity to speak during the public comment portion of the Commission meeting.   Please contact Kaitlin Smith with any questions or concerns regarding virtual comment during the ICRC meeting at 515-281-0333 or



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When: Aug 18, 2023 01:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Topic: ICRC Commission Meeting


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Iowa Civil Rights Commission


JUNE & JULY 2023

Below please find the temporary rules adopted by the Iowa Civil Rights Commission on May 19, 2023, unanimously amended on June 16, 2023

Public Comment is the Civil Rights Commission’s opportunity to hear comments from you at the beginning of the Civil Rights Commission meeting for items both on and off the agenda. During Public Comment, the Civil Rights Commission receives comments and refrains from speaking.  The Chairperson may ask the Executive Director to follow up regarding public comments received. The number of speakers will not usually be limited at the public comment; total length of the comment period is desired to not exceed ½ hour, and may be lengthened at the discretion of the Chairperson.

Anyone who wants to speak during Public Comment Period should do the following:

  1. Raise your hand to be recognized by the Chairperson and then come to the podium and state your name and county. If you have handouts, please give them to the Executive Director before the meeting.
  2. Be concise and limit comments to four minutes. You may not save your time for later or yield the remainder of your time to someone else. After speaking, please be seated.
  3. If you are addressing a matter on the agenda, state the agenda item you are speaking about and if you are speaking on more than one agenda item, arrange your comments in chronological order.
  4. Try not to duplicate information that has already been presented.
  5. Direct comments to the entire Commission and not to an individual. Questions and issues raised during this time will generally not be answered during this time.
  6. Maintain a courteous and respectful manner.
  7. If you are the presenter on an item which has been formally placed on the Commission’s agenda, this public forum process does not apply, although you are asked to be succinct in your presentation.
  8. Iowa law requires certain matters to have public hearings, which have their own comment periods. Comments pertaining to a public hearing item should be saved for that item, and the four-minute comment period will also apply for public hearings.