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Iowa gov vows law changes after Texas worker case

DES MOINES (KWWL) - Governor Chet Culver is pledging to quickly change Iowa's laws to prevent abuses such as those alleged against a group of Texas men who lived for decades in a ramshackle house in eastern Iowa and worked at a meatpacking plant.

Culver spoke Friday before a task force he's created to consider whether changes were needed to laws and regulations in light of the case of the Texas workers. The 21 mentally disabled men lived for decades in Atalissa and worked for little pay at a nearby plant.

Culver told task force members that the Human Services Department had failed the men for three decades. He promised act on recommendations to improve care for such people.

The task force is set to release its first recommendations on April 1.

Online Executive Producer Nate Leding

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