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Lawmakers Abandon Iowa Juvenile Home Efforts

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Lawmakers will likely move forward with a health and human services budget bill without a provision meant to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home.
Earlier this month, the Senate tacked an amendment onto the budget to reinstate programming at the facility in Toledo, which Gov. Terry Branstad closed in January. Lawmakers agreed to abandon the effort Monday, instead adding a provision to implement a tracking system for all juveniles offenders to better assess their placements.
Sen. Jack Hatch, a Democrat who's running for governor, says it's difficult for him to give up on reopening the home, but he hopes the new provision leads to a more informed decision about the facility next year.
Lawmakers say they will sign off on the bill Tuesday and move it through floor debate from there.

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