State Sen. Mark Chelgren, R-Ottumwa, had just recently spoken with a volunteer about some of the specific changes that could occur in Ottumwa due to the cuts. When asked about that funding, he said it's something that he wants to look into further, and he'll be able to offer a better opinion on what happened once he's done additional research.
State Rep. Jarad Klein, R-Keota, has been reviewing the updated record from this legislative session. There can be unexpected changes of bills when they left the House for the desk of the governor. He hasn't come across the specific cut affecting domestic violence protection in his reading. Klein said he'll do a little looking around, make some calls and ask some questions about how certain decisions came to be made.
Typically, however, the Legislature will offer a certain level of funding for an organization. They won't tell the administrators of those funds exactly how to spend the money. For example, rarely would a state senator be asked which shelter would remain open, Ottumwa's or Oskaloosa's.
Though there will not be a specific women's shelter in Ottumwa, there will still be services offered through the crisis center.
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