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Juvenile Home Issue to Survive Funnel

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, R-Hiawatha, said the issue of providing state services for delinquent girls will survive next week's legislative funnel even though there's been no House committee work on a bill sent over by the Senate.

Majority Democrats in the Senate passed a proposal last week to establish a state-run facility for delinquent girls to provide equity, treatment and educational services for troubled teenagers previously served at the Iowa Juvenile Home before the Toledo center was closed in January.

Senate File 2323 seeks to establish a new publicly administered State Training School as "a safety net" for juvenile delinquent girls that would be a secure, accredited facility subject to regular state inspections. Paulsen said the bill hasn't been assigned to a House committee, but will survive next week's deadline because it would require a state appropriation make it exempt from the bill-killing funnel. Senate Majority Leader Mike Gronstal, D-Council Bluffs, said the proposal would fit within the fiscal 2015 spending targets announced this week because money would be available in the existing human services budget.

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