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Lawmakers Sue to Save Juvenile Home

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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