(Des Moines) A Senate Democrat filed a bill today that would create a new Iowa juvenile home in Toledo. But, State Center Democrat Steven Sodders insists it’s not reopening the old home, but setting up a new restructured, refocused, accredited Iowa juvenile home.
“The 14 or so that were sent home; I’m a law enforcement officer, I’ve already heard from folks back in my area that some have already ran away,” stated Sodders. “So are they still on the run? Where are they at? Governor, where are these kids?”
And, over in the House, speaker Kraig Paulsen says all lawmakers are concerned about Iowa’s children at risk.
“We’re going to make sure that we meet our obligations, responsibilities of the kids that receive those services and we’re happy to look at any proposal, but that is always where our focus is going to be,” said Paulsen.
The Democratic proposal would have a “three strikes and you’re in” provision. If a kid fails at three previous placements, he or she would be sent to the Toledo facility for assessment.
Iowa Radio Network