Court decision highlights Governor Branstad’s abuse of power and the failure of House Republicans to stand up for Iowa children and their families


Key legislators respond to decision regarding Iowa Juvenile Home


House Democratic Leader Mark Smith of Marshalltown:

“Time and time again, we’ve watched this Governor overstep his constitutional authority and put Iowa’s most vulnerable citizens in peril.  Closing the Juvenile Home in Toledo was a disservice for troubled girls who need support and critical services.   I won’t stop fighting to guarantee that girls in Iowa have access to the same treatment options as boys.”

State Senator Steve Sodders of Marshalltown:

“Last year, the Iowa Senate voted to help children with serious needs by continuing to fund and operate the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. When House Republicans refused to join that effort, they opened the door for Governor Branstad to illegally stop providing essential services to families in desperate circumstances.  In order to protect the social safety net we all depend on, Iowans need a governor and a House majority that will stand up for Iowa values.”


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