Transparency

After Speeding Scandal, Iowa Shields Governor's License Plate Data

No embarrassing the fearless leader

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After initially agreeing to release data about police inquiries on Gov. Terry Branstad's state license plate, the Iowa Department of Public Safety has decided it will shield the information from the public.

The department said last month it would search for and release information showing how many times the 511SOS license plate was run through police databases, when it was done and by which agencies. This came after a high-ranking investigator alleged the governor's vehicle has routinely been allowed to speed.