Iowa Senate approves plan for juvenile facility

A plan to develop a state-run facility for delinquent girls narrowly cleared the Iowa Senate.


The Senate approved the bill Thursday in a party-line vote, with 26 Democrats in favor and 22 Republicans opposed. The legislation now goes to the House, where it could face Republican opposition.


The bill comes in response to Gov. Terry Branstad’s closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home on Jan. 15. It was originally drafted with the intent of reopening the home, but now just says a state-run center for delinquent girls is needed.


Democratic Sen. Joe Bolkcom, who sponsored the bill, says the goal is to do best by the girls as quickly as possible. But Republican Sen. David Johnson, of Ocheyedan, says perhaps more time is needed to decide what’s best for the girls.