~ DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A legislative panel has approved a measure limiting the use of restraints on pregnant inmates.
A subcommittee approved the bill Tuesday on a 2 to 1 vote, and it now goes to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
The bill would ban correctional institutions from using restraints on known pregnant women, particularly during labor, delivery and postpartum recovery, except under certain circumstances.
Democratic Sen. Janet Petersen, of Des Moines, says the bill would make it more clear the level of care inmates were receiving.
Petersen gave supporters and opponents of the bill another two days to offer amendment to the bill.
Last year, lawmakers opted not to move forward with a similar bill when the state Department of Corrections updated its policy on the matter. That policy remains confidential.