- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A special legislative committee has formed after Iowa lawmakers failed to reach agreement on a bill that would add state oversight to boarding schools in the state.

Members of the Republican-controlled House and Democratic-majority Senate met Thursday as part of a new committee that will discuss a bill that would add state compliance rules for private residential facilities for children.

Both chambers passed legislation this session amid an investigation into abuse allegations at a now-closed boarding school in Keokuk. The school had little state oversight.

Lawmakers disagree over language in the House bill that would exempt religious facilities from a more rigid certification process regarding their educational curriculum. Republicans expressed concern at state authority over religious curriculum. Some Democrats say the exemption could create an oversight loophole.

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