State Senator Mike Breitbach is being questioned over his refusal to hold hearings this year.
The Republican from Strawberry Point serves as chairman of the State Senate Overnight Committee.
Democratic Senator Matt McCoy of Des Moines tells The Des Moines Register he has requested several hearings, but has been rebuffed by Senator Breitbach.
Breitbach says, “It’s my prerogative,” but would say little more.
McCoy’s latest request was for a hearing about problems at the Glenwood State Resource Center. Last month, thirteen workers at the state institution were fired or quit and six were arrested after allegations that they mistreated residents with severe intellectual disabilities.
Iowa inspectors reported in January that some staff members humiliated residents or struck them in the head.
(story courtesy of Associated Press)