The Iowa Supreme Court will formally hear details of a lawsuit against Gov. Terry Branstad that challenges his decision last year to close two state mental health institutes.
The court is set to hear arguments today to determine if Branstad’s veto of funding for the facilities in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant was proper and constitutional.
The president of Iowa’s largest public employees union and several Democratic lawmakers filed the lawsuit in July 2015, shortly after Branstad vetoed funding for the facilities.
Branstad has argued patients at the institutes are able to access care through other services.
The lawsuit claims Iowa law requires the institutes to be open alongside institutes in Cherokee and Independence.
A district court judge ruled in favor of Branstad.