Homan v. BranstadAnnotate this Case
This petition for injunctive relief and writ of mandamus challenged the Governor’s item veto of appropriations intended to fund the Mount Pleasant and Clarinda Mental Health Institutes. The AFSCME Iowa Council 61 president and twenty state legislators brought suit against the Governor, alleging that the Iowa Code mandates the existence of the Mount Pleasant and Clarinda Mental Health Institutes and their continued operation. The district court granted summary judgment to the Governor and dismissed the petition. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) the appeal was timely, and the issue of the Governor’s veto was not moot; and (2) the Governor’s exercise of his item veto of appropriations for the mental health institutes at issue did not exceed the scope of his constitutional authority.