Fisher: Reopening IJH will be ‘difficult’

Rep. Dean Fisher, R-Garwin, said there has been discussion and he’s working steadily in the Iowa House on a bill to try to reopen the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.

The problem is there has been resistance from his fellow Republicans and Gov. Terry Branstad, who closed the home for at-risk girls Jan. 15.

“We’re trying to get something that we can move forward, which is going to be difficult,” Fisher said at the Marshalltown Chamber legislative forum Friday.

Also speaking at the forum was Sen. Steve Sodders, D-State Center. Sodders talked about several bills he’s been working on including the broadband Internet bill which is still alive in the Senate and the military sexual assault reporting bill, which passed in the Senate.

The sexual assault bill makes it easier for victims to report sexual assaults and gives them more options.

“Very happy about that bill,” Sodders said.

Sodders also talked about the proposed anti-bullying bill and he is confident they can get something done.

“The governor, the Senate and the House all agree we need to do something,” Sodders said.

Both candidates talked about who they plan on backing in the U.S. Senate and Congressional races in the district.

Fisher said he supports Joni Ernst for Senate and Rod Blum for Congress. Fisher previously backed Walt Rogers for Congress, but Rogers has since dropped out of the race.

Sodders will support Bruce Braley for the Senate and he is leaving his options open as far as who he wants to support for Congress. The primary election will be June 3.