Quad City Times
February 11, 2015
NIGHT COURT: The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in Des Moines in a case brought by state legislators and a public employees union against Gov. Terry Branstad. The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Danny Homan, Steven J. Sodders, Jack Hatch, Pat Murphy and Mark Smith v. Terry Branstad, Governor, State of Iowa, and Charles M. Palmer, director, Iowa Department of Human Services in the fourth-floor courtroom of the Judicial Branch Building, 1111 E. Court Ave. The plaintiffs claim the governor’s actions prior to closure of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo amounted to an unconstitutional impoundment of legislative funds that had been appropriated for the school’s operations. The juvenile home closed in January 2014. The governor and the director of the Iowa Department of Human Services appealed a district court order granting a preliminary injunction requiring the home to reopen. Attorneys’ briefs for the case and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Des_Moines_Evening_Session. Proceedings will be streamed live from the Iowa Judicial Branch website at www.iowacourts.gov/About_the_Courts/Supreme_Court/Oral_Argument_Videos. The evening sessions are open to the public. A public reception with the Supreme Court justices will follow the oral arguments on the second floor of the Judicial Branch Building.