Senate Response to Juvenile Home Closure Could Face House Opposition

A plan to develop a state-run facility for delinquent girls narrowly cleared the Iowa Senate. The Senate approved the bill Thursday in a party-line vote, with 26 Democrats in favor and 22 Republicans opposed. The legislation now goes to the House, where it could face Republican opposition. The bill comes in response to Governor Terry Branstad's closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home on January 15. It was originally drafted with the intent of reopening the home, but now just says a state-run center for delinquent girls is needed.

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