Lawmakers Sue To Halt Closing Of Iowa Juvenile Home

The exterior of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo, as seen at a meeting of the governor's task force on the facility on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Charlie Litchfield/Des Moines Register)

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By Richard Pratt

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The president of Iowa's largest union and several Democratic lawmakers are suing to try and halt the closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home.

The suit was filed Thursday in Iowa District Court for Polk County. Danny Homan, president of Iowa Council 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, filed the suit, along with state senators Jack Hatch and Steve Sodders and state representatives Mark Smith and Pat Murphy.

According to the court filing, Homan filed the lawsuit as a private citizen, not as a union official.

The lawsuit argues that Branstad lacks the authority to shut down the home in Toledo because the Legislature appropriated money for the facility.

A spokesman for Branstad declined comment, saying the governor's office had not seen the lawsuit.

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