The Iowa legislative calendar has the last day of the 2014 session falling late next month. Last week Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, a Democrat from Council Bluffs, said Iowa Republicans and Democrats have gotten better working together.
On a strict party line vote, the Iowa Senate approved a Democratic bill calling for a facility for delinquent girls in Iowa comparable to the boy’s facility in Eldora. But Republicans say a state-run institution isn’t necessary, and the private sector can fill the need.
This legislative session has been dominated by controversy surrounding the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Gov Branstad ordered its closure after the group Disability Rights Iowa found girls were being held in isolation. Four lawmakers sued Branstad to keep the home open. Last week many were surprised when a polk county district court judge ordered the reopening of the home. Governor Branstad has asked the Iowa Supreme Court to overturn the order to reopen the home. He made the announcement Friday and he is being represented by the Iowa Attorney General.
In this News Buzz program, hear six short interviews about: the Iowa Juvenile Home, the Olympics in Russia, an embarrassing phone conversation involving the U.S. State Department, a cyber-security competition, a deadly snowmobile accident and safety concerns, and the analysis of flood prediction.
Governor Terry Branstad ordered the closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo last month. It was after an investigation uncovered some girls were held in isolation cells. Last week Senate Democrats unveiled a bill to reopen the home under a new program. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Statehouse Correspondent about the juvenile home as well as the likelihood of lawmakers raising the state's gas tax.
State lawmakers looking into the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home at Toledo got a fresh perspective from juvenile court officers who work with the delinquent girls who used to be assigned to the home. The officers argue that Iowa needs a facility specifically for girls who’ve been in serious trouble with the law. Governor Branstad is at odds with the judicial branch.
Democrats in the Iowa Senate plan to introduce a bill to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Governor Branstad ordered the home closed after an investigation revealed that some girls were being held in long-term isolation. On Wednesday, a Senate committee heard testimony from former residents and staff, as well as Toledo boosters. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell reports: