Surveyors weigh in on bill that allow millions of Iowa land records to be sold to commercial companies.

• February 15, 2009

Millions of Iowa land records would be sold to commercial companies and electronic transaction filing fees would triple under a legislative bill that some groups say would help prevent identity theft.

Others say the proposal would jeopardize the state's program that guarantees land titles are clear of liens, place large amounts of personal data into the hands of overseas companies and cost Iowans millions of dollars every year.

"Instead of addressing the issue and correcting it, they're sort of bending over and letting them take it," said Bill Blue, president of the Iowa Land Title Association, which represents 155 land title businesses in the state and is opposed to selling the records.

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