Legislation Designed to Open Juvenile Home Amended
Lawmakers in the Iowa Senate are revising legislation originally designed to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home. Democratic Senator Joe Bolkcom says the bill is being amended and would instead simply require the state to establish a facility for delinquent girls. The amended bill, which got preliminary approval from a Senate subcommittee, will not specify where that facility should be. The Iowa Juvenile Home was closed by Governor Terry Branstad on Jan. 15 following allegations that teens were improperly treated at the center. Four Democratic lawmakers have filed a lawsuit against Branstad, seeking to keep the home open. That effort will continue in the courts.