Friday, November 12, 2010
The Iowa Supreme Court has held the following ordinance of the Davenport City Council to be unconstitutional:
The city council finds that there has been an increase in the number of criminal acts committed by juveniles. The city council further finds that those who bring children into the world, or those who assume a parenting role, but who fail to effectively teach, train, guide and control them, should be accountable to the community under the law. Those who need assistance and training should be aided; those who neglect their parenting duties should be encouraged to be more diligent, through civil sanctions, if necessary. This chapter should be construed to achieve these remedial objectives by addressing situations where parents or guardians have failed or neglected to act responsibly or reaonably in the supervision of their minor children.
Is there a pool hall in town? (Mike Frisch)