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IOWA HIGH COURT UPHOLDS MENTAL HEALTH FACILITY CLOSINGS

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The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld a lower court ruling that Governor Terry Branstad acted within his constitutional authority when he vetoed funding for two state-run mental health care facilities last year and closed them.

Twenty legislators and Danny Homan, the president of the largest state employee union sued Branstad over the closings.

The court concluded Thursday that state law doesn’t mandate the continued existence of state mental health institutes and Branstad’s veto fell within the governor’s constitutional line item veto power.