Senators advance plan for Iowa juvenile facility

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawmakers in the Democratic-majority Iowa Senate are advancing a bill that would establish a state facility for delinquent girls.

The Senate Human Resources Committee approved the bill Wednesday in a party-line vote with eight Democrats in favor and five Republicans opposed. The legislation was originally designed to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, but now just says there must be a state-run facility for delinquent girls.

Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, of Iowa City, says he was disappointed the bill did not earn Republican support and pledged to keep working for compromise.

The Iowa Juvenile Home was closed by Gov. 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.

 

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