A court ruling may not be the only thing that leads to the re-opening of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.
On Wednesday a Polk County district court judge ordered the re-opening of the facility. However, Democratic leaders are worried the governor will appeal the ruling which would delay any re-opening so they’re working on legislation to re-open the home.
“We hope to have this bill done and hopefully over to the House. Rep. Fisher I’m hoping will get some support and get to the governor’s desk where he recognizes the same thing he wants – safety for the kids,” state Senator Steve Sodders said.
The home closed last month after 21 girls living there were moved to other facilities.
Governor Branstad is planning a meeting with Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller to consider a possible appeal of the judge’s ruling to re-open the home.