The Iowa Juvenile Home’s fate will now be decided by the Iowa Supreme Court.
Friday the court agreed to hear Gov. Terry Branstad’s appeal. It comes after a district court judge ordered the home be re-opened.
The governor closed the facility in mid-January following allegations girls were being put held in isolation for long periods of time.
In a statement the governor says, “Since learning about the situation at the Juvenile Home, my utmost concern has been the health, safety and education of the children. We believe the children are now being well-served in licensed and accredited facilities where they are receiving the quality treatment and education they deserve.”
Sen. Jack Hatch, who is among those that filed the lawsuit, responded to the news saying “It will finally be determined if the Governor overstepped his constitutional authority to close down any institution not just the Iowa Juvenile Home, but if he has the authority to close any institution after the legislature approved it appropriated the money and he signed it.”
Hatch says he is focusing on legislation that would create a new facility to replace the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo. Just this week a Senate committee approved the bill to move forward.