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Thursday, January 17, 2008

Essential Estrogen: Chief Justice Address Provides Priority Insights for Legislators

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

Iowa Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus had a hard act to follow when she made her second appearance before the state legislature on Wednesday morning -- herself. Following a 2007 State of the Judiciary address in which Ternus called for efforts to improve the lives of foster children, lawmakers passed at least five related bills that were later signed by Gov. Chet Culver and, more importantly, provided needed appropriations for the changes and additions Ternus proposed. ... This year Ternus asked legislators to provide additional juvenile court officers and support staff for juvenile courts, two more judges (one of whom would be assigned exclusively to juvenile court) and funding for children who are awaiting mental health treatment.

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