Commissioners' Meeting "Approved" Minutes - January 8, 2021

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Approved Minutes – Meetingofthe Iowa Civil Rights Commission, January 8, 2021


I.                   Roll Call -  

Commissioners: Patricia Lipski, Doug Oelschlaeger, Sam Kooiker, Justin Johnston, Ashley Hunt.


II.                 Recognition of Staff, Public, and Press

Staff:Elizabeth A. Johnson (Executive Director), Charles Hill (Public Service Manager), Katie Fiala (Assistant Attorney General), Amy Quail (Civil Rights Specialist), Andrew Stutz (Civil Rights Specialist).


III.              Approval of Minutes -

Minutesfrom meeting on November 6, 2020,presented.Motion toapprove asmadebyCommissioner Hunt,secondedbyCommissioner Kooiker.Approved by vote. Motion carried.


            IV.      Executive Director’sReport

a.                   Office Updates during COVID-19.

b.                  Update on hiring.

c.                   Update on federal contracts.

d.                  Update on Cares Act video project.


V.              Litigation and Case Law Update  

a.       Two judicial review actions pending in district court regarding filing deadlines and the administrative rules.

b.      Spencer v. Kobliska decision appealed to Iowa Appellate Courts.


VI.              Discussion – Filling Vacant Leadership Positions on Commission


VII.           CommissionersReports–

a.                   Commissioner Lipski: Nothing to report.

b.                  Commissioner Oelschlaeger: Nothing to report.

c.                   Commission Kooiker: Nothing to report.

d.                  Commissioner Johnston: Nothing to report.

e.                   Commissioner Hunt: Working with Embarc and learning about the work that organization does in terms of disaster relief.


VI.     Public Comments – none.


VII.    Next commission meeting scheduled for March 12, 2021, at 1:30 PM.


VIII.         Call to adjourn. Motion to approve as made by Commissioner Lipski, seconded by Commissioner Hunt. Approved by roll call vote. Motion carried.