Iowa Bill Would Require State Licensing Boards to Justify Reasoning for Complaint Dismissal

Iowa House Bill 565 would require all state professional licensing boards to directly communicate reasons for dismissal of complaints to complainants. Under current law, Iowa licensing boards are not obligated to justify their reasoning for refusal to investigate complaints. In 2020, the Iowa Board of Veterinary Medicine offered no explanation for its refusal to investigate a 1,600-page complaint about a veterinarian who oversaw animal care at a roadside zoo that was forced to close after findings that it had violated numerous federal and state animal care standards. The bill has been referred to the House Committee on State Government.